Tips for preventing fires in the home
TRENDS I July 31, 2020
More than 70% of fires recorded by insurance companies occur in the home, according to a report by Estamos Seguros. Heaters, cookers, gas installations… are some of the risks found in our homes and which, sometimes, we do not pay enough attention to. Placing an electric radiator on a rug, plugging multiple appliances into a single socket, or failing to get the gas appliances serviced, are all situations that can lead to a fire. In fact, burns and smoke inhalation are among the five most common household accidents, according to the National Consumer Institute.
Damage to your home from a fire, whether catastrophic or not, is costly. The average amount paid by insurance companies for a domestic fire is 2,000 euros, according to the study by Estamos Seguros. The typical damage involves the contents of the house: furniture, clothes, decoration… Besides the economic cost, there is also the emotional impact of not just experiencing the accident, but also of losing items that are valuable to the person concerned.
It only takes three things to start a fire in your home: air, heat and fuel, which can be clothing, wood, a rug, a flammable liquid… That's why it's important to adopt a series of precautionary measures.
How to avoid fires in the home
With some simple measures you can reduce the chances of a fire in your home. They are recommendations that minimise the risks of fire and, above all, the spread of flames. These are simple guidelines that the whole family can follow.
In addition to taking these precautions to prevent household fires, you can also take out household insurance to protect your home and your belongings in the event of an accident.
Household fires are especially dangerous at night, when you are sleeping. A smoke alarm may be useful in this regard, as it warns you of the presence of smoke.
Keep a fire blanket at hand to be placed over pots and pans if they start to burn and a portable fire extinguisher may also be useful.
However, if a fire breaks out inside your home and you cannot put it out yourself, it is advisable to call the fire brigade and leave the house, closing all the doors on your way out to prevent the flames from spreading quickly and affecting the rest of the house. Remember to use the stairs when you leave instead of the lift.
It is also possible that the fire blocks the way out of the house. If this happens, it is recommended that you stay inside, close the doors and put wet cloths in the gaps so that no smoke enters and, of course, alert the local fire or police services.
Fires in the home are the most common types. That's why it is important to know what you can do to prevent them, to protect your home and yourselves.
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