A household fire is often the worst nightmares of any homeowner. Even though most homeowners insurance covers fire damages, you don’t want to face the prospect of using your policy.
Fires can start in almost any location in your home. Fires that start in bedrooms can cause the worst impacts. Bedroom fires pose high risks to a bedroom’s occupants. Fires can start easily from bedroom materials. Bedroom fires can also easily trap occupants because many bedrooms are relatively isolated.
You should always do your best to reduce bedroom fire risks. Keep these eight tips in mind when reducing fire risks in your bedroom.
1. If your bedroom has a fireplace, always extinguish the fire before falling asleep. A stray spark could easily lead to disaster. Make sure you smother the fire and that it does not smolder while you sleep.
2. Turn off any space heaters before you go to sleep. Space heaters are great for keeping bedrooms warm during the winter. But, they are fire risks. Some have open flames, others use a lot of energy and could overload sockets.
3. If you keep candles burning in your room, blow them out when you are not in the room. Never let them burn out while you sleep.
4. Properly store all your belongings. By placing clothes or other fabrics in odd places, you raise the risk of a fire or obstructions. Also, keep dust from accumulating on belongings. Items that pile up could easily flash into a large blaze if exposed to flames.
5. Keep your electrical outlets in good order. Make sure that none of your outlets spark. Don’t overload outlets with appliances. Also keep outlets clear of material belongings. Don’t move furniture or hang drapes too close to outlets. Don’t pile clothes near them.
6. Maintain your utilities. Make sure that none of your lamps, heaters, or window units spark or malfunction. Keep these items clean, and don’t let dust accumulate.
7. Make sure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms work. Change your batteries when they are low. If you don’t have a smoke alarm in your bedroom, look into installing one.
8. Plan an escape route. Bedrooms are often isolated. You should always know how to get out if a fire blocks your door or windows. If your bedroom is on an upper floor, a fire escape ladder may be a good investment.
You want to know that you are safe while you sleep. By making sure that your fire risks are low in your bedroom, you can be more content in your room. Your homeowners insurance is there to help, but self-initiative always reduces risks.
Amco & Remo Insurance at (800) 282-2000 is proud to offer a variety of El Paso homeowners insurance options. Do you have tips for fire prevention in your bedroom? Comment below.