Household Checks to Prevent Fires

a fire extinguisherA fire can happen anytime, even in the dead of winter. California is facing such a problem right now. It may not be the same in Salt Lake City, but don’t let your guard down. Sometimes it’s the weather that’s keeping you from doing important checks around the house, and the consequences may be fatal.

Here are some things to do to minimize the likelihood of fires in the house:

Inspect the Furnace

The furnace is especially needed in winter, but what you might not realize is it’s starting to be less effective as time goes by. If you haven’t had it checked in a while, this is the time to call for maintenance. Contractors will check for signs of damage and offer furnace repair, if possible.

If not, you may need to have a new one installed. This is something only professionals should handle to avoid problems due to faulty installation.

Replace Air Filters

Dirty filters may have accumulated dust and other particles. When your air conditioner starts to malfunction, a small spark may lead to a big house fire because of these particles. Keep the filters clean and replace them regularly to avoid feeding the fire. More importantly, your appliances should be replaced after they reach the end of their service life, especially if they require repetitive repairs, because their original parts may not work properly with replacement parts. This may cause a system failure, as well.

Clean the Gutters

The gutters may gather dead and fallen leaves, as well as broken branches and even dead animals. All of these may feed a fire that starts nearby. They may also clog the gutter and prevent it from doing its job properly. Gutters also present another problem when they’re bent out of shape: snow may accumulate and collapse the roof due to its weight.

Fires are unpredictable, but you can prevent certain things from contributing to it. House maintenance helps prevent house fires, so do it regularly.

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