There are common reasons a home catches fire, such as from smoking, cooking, etc. There are other things you may not think about, however. Below are three of these things and how you can keep yourself protected if there is a fire.

Clean the Fireplace

If you have a fireplace in your home, not keeping it clean can cause your home to catch on fire. When you burn wood, the smoke exits through the fireplace and flows up into the chimney. Because the chimney is cooler, condensation builds up inside of it. If this condensation is not cleaned, it turns into a residue known as creosote, which sticks to the walls of the chimney. Creosote is brown or black and can be sticky like tar or harden on the walls. No matter what it looks like, creosote is highly flammable.

If there is a fire inside the chimney, you may not even know it. Over time, the fire becomes much worse and your home can catch on fire. Have your fireplace professionally cleaned regularly to prevent this from happening.

Do Not Put Appliances Too Close Together

Every appliance in your home should be plugged into a separate wall outlet. Never put them close together and plug them into a power strip. This is because plugging everything into one power strip overloads the wiring and can cause an electrical fire. Once this happens, it quickly spreads throughout every appliance and the entire room will start burning very quickly.

Clean Lint from the Dryer

Clean the lint trap on your dryer before you start it up. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers start more than 15,000 homes fires annually. When the lint builds up, it gets into the vents and around the dryer drum. When you turn the dryer on, the heat can cause the lint to catch on fire. You should also make sure there are no clogs in the dryer hose annually.

Protect Yourself

Fortunately, there are ways you can protect you and your family in case your house catches on fire. One way to do this is to install a fire alarm system. They will sound a noise loud enough for everyone in your home to hear so you can get out of your home quickly. If you choose this, make sure you install a fire alarm system on all levels of your home. If your home is very large, install more than one on each level.

You need to make sure you test the fire alarms on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly. How you do this depends on the types of fire alarm you purchase. Refer to the user's manual for instructions.

There are also automatic fire alarm systems that you can install. With this, the alarm system will not only notify you and your family by making a loud alarm sound but also notifies local authorities when there is a fire.

Contact the local fire department if you want more help on how to keep you and your family safe as they can give you many tips.

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