Whether you’re facing a hot summer or fire hazards, you’d be wise to keep your home safe from flames. In 2015 alone, there were 1.3 million house fires reported in the U.S. From ovens to unclean chimneys; home fire hazards are everywhere. Fortunately, you can ward off the firemen with a few fire prevention tips. We’re covering them below.

 

Tip One: Install Fire Resistant Carpeting

First of all, ditch any wool carpets. Not only are they hot—they’re a fire hazard. Wool and synthetic carpets both burn easily, and they’ll put your house up in flames if they’re not watched closely. Install fire-resistant carpeting, as it packs a chemical which suffocates any contact flames.

 

Tip Two: Watch the Wiring

Next, you should check on your electrical circuits. Every year, electrical short circuits create house fires. Take care of your upholstery and furniture cleaning, too, because a loose wire can create dangerous sparks.

 

Tip Three: Safeguard the Electrical Insulation

Between the walls, mice, rats and, mold can eat away at your electrical insulation. Keep these areas in check, and make sure they’re not exposed to unwanted pests. If you need to, hire a mold removal technician. The process is quick, and it’ll save your walls—even your house—from degrading wires, unwanted sparks, and fire.

 

Tip Four: Coat Your Furniture

You can coat your furniture with a fireproof chemical. While it might increase the piece’s cost, it’ll save you thousands in fire restoration damages. As for existing furniture, you can apply fireproofing spray quite easily. These sprays also make furniture stain resistant, giving you more bang for your dollar.

 

Tip Five: Clean the House

Sometimes, few preventative tactics compare to a solid clean-up job. Junk accumulates in most homes. Over time, however, newspapers, old clothes, and old boxes become fire hazards. All too often, they’re dumped into a closet. If you have forgotten trash sitting about, it may become a fire hazard. Double-check your home’s unwanted item accumulation, and toss out anything you don’t need.

 

While fire damages are severe, you can still hire a fire restoration team to help out. In the event of a fire, take pictures of any damages. Once your home is safe to reenter, your homeowner’s insurance policy can protect you, fiscally, from the damages. Watch out for smoke damage, too, as it can damage your walls, ceiling and personal items. All in all, you’re better off protecting your home from the beginning.