House fires are something most homeowners fear happening. From electrical appliances to candles, there are numerous hidden hazards in your home that can lead to a sudden fire.
In today’s digital age, there are many ways you can fireproof your home, both inside and out. Read on to learn what steps you can take to reduce the risk of a fire from happening to your home!

Use Smart Home Technology

One of the best ways to detect a fire early is through smart sensors and detectors that you can install in your home. Smart smoke detectors detect CO levels early and send alerts to your smartphone as soon as they detect smoke. This allows you to take quick and necessary measures. If you link these detectors to your home security system, they can also perform other actions, like flash your smart lights or even notify authorities, if you’re not at home. Smart security cameras placed all around the house can also be particularly useful to discover the cause of the fire.

By including smart plugs, you won’t have to worry about whether you left the iron on. Smart plugs give you the option of turning off the power to your appliances from your smartphone, which allows you to carry on through your day with ease of mind. Smart stovetops have built-in heat and motion sensors that detect if someone is in the kitchen or not. If the devices discover that no one is near, it automatically shuts off, which can not only save you from a fire but also higher electricity and/or gas bills. It also detects any sudden increases in heat and immediately shuts off if it senses a fire.

Fireproof The Outside of Your Home

Although we spend most of our time inside our homes, it is equally, if not more important to fireproof the outside of our homes. One option is to hire a company that can professionally apply a fire-retardant spray to at-risk areas of your home and yard. These sprays create a barrier between the fire and structure which slows down the fire. What about the entrances and exits of your home?

Doors

The doors of our homes have gaps at the top, bottom and sides that can let flowing embers in. One way to control this is by having an extra seal to limit how much outdoor air and debris get in. Make sure to also inspect your garage door seals regularly. Because we typically store flammable materials in our garages, we increase the risk of a spark occurring.

Windows & Vents

Ensure that both, your windows and vents have metal screens as they will limit the number of embers that can enter your home. Choosing multi-pane and tempered glass as your window design also help control the amount of fire that can get in.

Gutters

Gutters are one of the most overlooked areas of a home, but they are the perfect spot for combustible debris to accumulate. Make sure you regularly maintain them, especially around the fall season to avoid embers and sparks from igniting the debris.

Balcony, Deck, and Porch

Cover the underside of your deck and/or balcony with fire-resistant sheathing as this will shield against embers. If you have flowers or plants on your lawn, avoid the build-up of dead or dry vegetation, as it can pave a path from the fire to your home and be sure to rake any leaves that are within 1.5 meters of your home. If you want to keep the aesthetic, it may be worth it to consider investing in fire-resistant plants. Although they will still burn in the event of a fire, they will slow down the process.

Fence

Wooden fences that are set in a direct line can spread the fire not only to your home but to your neighbours as well. So, it’s best to avoid attached fences that are made of combustible materials.

Roofs

Roofs can be particularly susceptible to fires as windblown embers can catch on the ridges and valleys. This is a little harder to control but using fire-resistant building materials such as asphalt shingles or metal roofing significantly reduces the risk of fire.

The occurrence of a home fire is a scary thought but luckily, it’s easily preventable. Make sure you are protected at all costs with home insurance. Contact us today to learn more about our policies. Our team is always ready to answer any questions you may have!