20 Ways to Fireproof a New Home
How to fireproof my house — that’s a common consideration for builders of new homes in the Phoenix area. The following tips can prove invaluable for learning how to fireproof your house and prevent a disaster from occurring:
- Instead of installing carpeting made of wool or synthetic materials, consider carpeting made from fire-resistant materials that can prevent a fire from spreading as quickly.
- When installing your appliances or other electronic devices, take care to avoid overloading the electrical wiring, as this can lead to short circuiting and subsequent fires.
- One of the best ways to fireproof a room used for storage such as a basement or attic is to avoid filling it with flammable “junk” such as newspapers, old clothes and boxes after you move in.
- Another question that homeowners sometime ask is “How do I fireproof my doors?” While many newer homes feature doors made from metal or other fire-resistant materials, you can also coat doors with fire-resistant paint.
- If you are buying brand-new furniture for your home, ask the store to coat it with fireproof chemicals. If you are bringing existing furniture, purchase and apply a fireproof spray.
- Don’t forget to fireproof your outdoor furniture as well, especially patio furniture in close proximity to barbecue grills or fire pits.
- Place fire extinguishers in as many rooms as possible, particularly “high-risk” rooms such as the kitchen, attic and basement.
- If you are installing a tile roof, choose interlocking materials free of cracks or openings that can allow burning embers to enter your home.
- Instead of building your home with wood, consider less combustible materials such as face brick, adobe, metal siding or concrete block.
- Avoid installing windows with single glazing. Double glazing with tempered glass offers a much more effective defense against fire.
- Ensure all bathroom, clothes dryer and kitchen vents include fire-rated assemblies and automatic backdraft dampers.
- Once you’ve moved into your new home, be sure to properly maintain your furnace. The simple act of replacing a clogged filter can significantly reduce your fire risk.
- A surprising number of fires are caused by accumulated lint in clothes dryers, so be sure to clean the lint trap after each load.
- Keep all indoor and outdoor candles within plain sight while burning. It is also a good idea to extinguish interior candles when leaving a room.
- Keep all recycling bins outside, especially during the hot summer months.
- Turn off any unused appliances prior to leaving your home, even for a short period of time.
- When setting up a barbecue grill, choose a flat spot located as far away as possible from trees and foliage.
- Never leave food cooking on the stove or in the oven unattended for any length of time.
- If you have children, be sure matches and cigarette lighters are kept out of reach.
- Last, but certainly not least, install an effective, reliable smoke detection and monitoring system.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.