Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

Make Sure You’re Taking These Simple Steps for a Safer Home

We’ve all seen the news about wildfires raging in other parts of the country, destroying thousands of homes and businesses in their paths. While we’re not in any immediate danger of a wildfire here in Houston, seeing these events serve as a good reminder about taking steps to fireproof your home as best as possible, especially during the holidays when fire-related instances tend to grow.

1. Install Smoke Alarms
This is critical role in fireproofing your home can help ensure your family can get out if your home is on fire. While most homes already have smoke alarms installed, properly maintaining them is up to you. Make sure you’re testing your smoke alarms often and changing the batteries routinely.

2. Keep Fire Extinguishers Close By
Strategically placed fire extinguishers around your home can help stop a fire before it gets out of hand. We suggest storing one in your kitchen area, near your fireplace, outdoor grill, or where flammables are kept in the garage. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on them; you won’t use them often – maybe never – before they expire and need to be replaced or refilled.

3. Winter Holiday Fire Safety
We decorate our homes inside and out with beautiful Christmas lights, often without checking to make sure no damage occurred while they were stored away. Be sure to inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up, and throw away light strands with pinched or frayed wires. If you have a live tree, make sure you water it daily, and avoid placing it too close to a heat source, like your fireplace or mantle with lit candles.

While these are just a few ways to get started fireproofing your home, they are all simple steps that you can do today. They won’t make you completely invulnerable to fire dangers, but you’ll be better prepared to protect your home, your loved ones and your property this holiday season. The Lippincott Team happily provides references for electricians and more to our clients! Call our office any time at 713-494-8818 to speak to one of our experienced real estate agents for more information.

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