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8 Fire Prevention Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Tricia Hingpit
12/03/2018 2:49:42
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So, you’re about to build your first home in Davao. Should you celebrate once you move in? Traditionally, a housewarming event is essential. But way before that, you should discuss some fire-safety arrangements with your contractor or architect—by then, the real celebration in a house that’s fire-safe can happen.

Here are some fire-prevention tips you can discuss with your builder.

1. Watch out for children’s playfulness.

Even though they’re showing early signs of maturity, kids are still kids. They play around and mess things up. As the adult, it’s your responsibility to prevent fire-related accidents from happening.

Keep the corrosive items such as matches, gasoline, lighters in a storage area they can’t easily access. Make sure to tell your architect that it should be situated far from their playing area.

Always keep an eye on your kids, and make sure to make them understand the consequences of playing with fire.

2. If you have a range hood, clean its greasy filter regularly.

When you move in, be sure to regularly check and clean your range hood filter. It shouldn’t be filled with grease, as it might catch fire from your cooking.

Removing and cleaning it with a brush and soapy solution will already do the trick. If you’re a cautious person, check the range hood’s manual for cleaning instructions. If you don’t have it anymore, you can search for it online.

3. Keep the flammable substances and materials away from the kitchen.

Store flammable materials in a dry storage area. Also, separate them from other cleaning materials. Label materials like paint, bleach, insecticides, etc. so that in case of fire, you can immediately dispose them and they won’t feed the flames.

4. Know your LPG tank.

In the kitchen, there should be enough ventilation for the tank’s proper combustion. Meanwhile, once you move in, make sure the LPG tank is installed by a professional. It’s their responsibility to explain and educate you about it. You may ask these questions:

  • How to operate it?
  • Where to find the safety cap, seal, regulator, and hose?
  • What to do in case if it’s leaking or leaking with fire?

You should change the hose every after two years. Be sure that you’re using the correct type, too.

5. Inspect faulty wirings constantly.

Once you move in, see to it that there’s no faulty wiring. The latter is notoriously known for causing fires in residential properties.

If you see any of these:

  • Damaged sockets
  • Frayed wiring that spark
  • Flickering lights

…then call a professional to replace it quickly. Keep your cords organized and don’t let them run under your rugs.

6. Don’t overload your sockets.

Set a rule that prohibits everyone from charging their devices at the same time. Sockets can overheat and spread a fire quickly. Also, separate important machines like your fridge from other devices’ outlets. You can also reduce your electricity bill by unplugging your machines when not in use.

7. If you must, set a smoking area outside of the house.

It goes without saying that smoking is dangerous for you and your family’s health. However, if you must, at least set some strict rules. This should include the prohibition of smoking inside the house.

Before you move in, discuss the safest place to smoke with your builder. Use ashtrays and always put out your stubs’ flames.

8. Make a fire escape plan and practice a drill.

Finally, if you have a spacious property and a big family, it’s recommended to make an escape plan and practice a fire drill. This is crucial. Ask your architect about the safest routes and fire risk areas. If you can, you may also invest in a sprinkler system.

Final note

Whether you’re moving into a previously-owned or built-from-scratch home, it’s your duty to observe these prevention tips to keep everyone in your household safe. Have a chat with us if you are planning to construct a fire-safe home in Davao.