October is National Fire Prevention Month, and theres no better time to heighten awareness of home fires and how to help prevent them. Did you know that home fires are the most common disaster in this country? In fact, they are so dangerous that they claim more lives in a typical year than all natural disasters combined. Although you may be familiar with common tips, like testing smoke alarms and cooking safety, to honor the spirit of the month, here are some lesser-known fire prevention tips that are just as important.
Hidden Home Fire Hazards
Five common causes may account for most home fires, but that still leaves a large portion of home fires to be accounted for, including those from what we consider more hidden fire hazards like these:
Recalled products Periodically checking the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website can help you stay up-to-date on commonly recalled products like appliances, lamps, and computer batteries.
Loose outlets Pay attention when you plug in items because the interior parts of electrical outlets can loosen over time. If the plug doesnt fit snugly, consider replacing the outlet.
Excess Sawdust When remodeling your home, sawdust, which is highly combustible when left on surfaces, can quickly build up. So ensure you regularly vacuum work surfaces and dispose of the sawdust properly.
Household products Take care when using products like non-dairy coffee creamer, nail polish remover, 9-volt batteries, and cleaning solutions, as they can be highly flammable.
Dishwashers Its unsurprising that appliances like stoves and dryers can be fire hazards, but your dishwasher? Nearly 500 fires yearly are caused by faulty dishwashers when leaking water enters the heating element or electrical components.
Bird nests Youll likely find these around the exterior of your house, but make sure they arent perched on your outdoor lighting or gutters where they could be potential fire hazards.
Gutters Debris, like pine needles and leaves, can accumulate in your gutters and become highly flammable once they dry out. You must regularly clean your gutters or install gutter guards to prevent this.
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Gutter guards block debris by creating a barrier between the roof and the gutter system that stops it from entering while allowing water to flow. This prevents you from taking on the burden of regularly cleaning gutters while offering peace of mind that they remain free of flammable debris. All gutter guards require occasional maintenance to clear surface debris which can accumulate over time. This maintenance can be safely and easily carried out using Guttergloves specialized 360 Gutter Guard Brush.
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Specifically, our stainless-steel micro mesh gutter guards work in two ways for fire prevention:
The mesh tightness blocks flammable debris from accumulating inside the gutter, which can create kindling for fire embers.
The gutter guard material is fire-tested and is Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) compliant.
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