Preventing household fires is not only important because your manufactured or modular home is one of the largest investments you will make, but also because you want to keep your family safe. The best way to do this is to take numerous precautions that can help house fire prevention.
Here's a checklist of fire safety tips to help keep your family and your home investment safe.
Household Fire Prevention Checklist
Test your smoke detectors monthly
Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible area
Check stovetop and oven after cooking to make sure the power is off
Unplug space heaters while you sleep or when you leave your home
Restrain from having anything flammable near a fireplace, heater or grill
Make sure to never leave candles unattended in a room
Check your dryer vent monthly for excess debris
Try not to run the washer or dryer while you're out of the home
Have a qualified electrician inspect any electrical wiring issues to prevent burns, shocks or electrocution from hazards
If you smoke, smoke outside to reduce risk of fire starting inside, and make sure cigarettes and cigars are completely out before disposal
Make sure you take precautions when grilling outdoors such as keeping your grill in an open area away from your home and keeping a spray bottle full of water near your grill
Keep a large distance from your home when burning brush in your yard or building a fire pit and stay with the fire until it's completely out
Quick Facts About Household Fires from the National Fire Protection Association
The following quick facts from the National Fire Protection Association display the number of fires every year that are generally preventable. You can reduce the number of yearly household fires by following our house fire prevention tips each day to increase home safety.
In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles per year, which represents 3% of home structure fires.
In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 170,200 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. Almost half (47%) of reported home structure fires were caused by cooking.
In 2011-2015, more than half (55%) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries in the U.S. occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
The leading factor contributing to the start of over half of home heating fire deaths (56%) was having heating equipment like space heaters too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress or bedding.
As you can see from these statistics, being conscious of the fire hazards in your home is very important. By using the household fire prevention checklist we've provided, you can take the necessary precautions to avoid a fire, helping you keep your family safe.
Preventing Kitchen Grease Fires
One of the key areas to pay attention to when it comes to house fire prevention is your kitchen. Kitchen grease fires can get out of control and escalate quickly if you're not careful.
To prevent a grease fire in your kitchen, follow these tips:
Never leave a hot pan unattended
If your stovetop cooking is smoking, turn down the heat
Keep flammable items like cookbooks and recipe cards away from your stovetop
It's also important to know how to stop a grease fire if it does start in your kitchen. The steps you can take to stop a grease fire on your stovetop from spreading are as following:
Smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan
Turn off the heat source immediately
Leave the pan covered until it's completely cooled
Also, it's important to note that if you're grilling, you must be on the lookout for a grill grease fire. You should keep your grill clean and free of grease buildup that could lead to a fire. Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water.
Using these kitchen fire prevention and home fire prevention tips will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy homeownership. At HomeFirst, we offer mobile home insurance and home protection advice to give you just that, peace of mind.