While fire can be useful in a lot of situations, it can be a serious hazard when left to burn through a building, causing serious injuries to people as well as costing a lot in terms of property damage.
Fire damage to property is also quite common, and you’ll be surprised by the number of factors and things at home that can pose a direct fire hazard to you and your family when left unchecked. Fortunately, fire damage is also one of the easiest things to prevent.
Whether you live in an HDB flat, a condo, or a house in Singapore, there’s always something you can do to protect your property from damage. Here are a few to get you started:
1. Turn off your circuit breakers when you’re not using them.
One of the biggest causes of fire accidents at home start with a faulty circuit breaker, which can cause wires to overheat and melt through their insulation. Once the wires overheat, objects that are poor insulators, such as wood, can easily catch fire.
Minimizing fire hazards at home starts with turning off the circuit breakers to keep the wires from overloading. This also extends to turning off all electrical appliances when not needed, or when you will be away from home for a long time.
2. Get your wires checked.
Your wires and electrical systems can also put your home at risk of catching fire if they’re not insulated and installed correctly, so you need to make sure that they are and that they are regularly replaced from time to time.
You should also watch out for any frayed electrical cords loose plugs that could cause a spark, especially if your home has a lot of things that could catch fire easily. Aside from this, avoid working on complex electrical works by yourself at home.
3. Have a fire protection system installed.
A fire protection system in Singapore can do a lot to protect your home and property from fire hazards that could occur, especially when you’re not around to keep everything in check.
In a fire protection system, smoke detectors, alarms, and sprinklers work together. Once smoke is detected by the smoke detector, it sends signals that activate the fire alarm systems and activate the sprinklers to put out the fire.
When combined with regular maintenance and proper safety precautions, your maximum protection and safety is ensured by a reliable fire protection system.
4. Get fire insurance and stay up-to-date on it.
Fire insurance in Singapore is one of the easiest types of insurance that you can get, and aside from good fire alarm systems, getting fire insurance protects you from financial setbacks that fire damage can cause to your home and property.
Aside from fire insurance, taking other types of precautions at you home, such as never leaving your stove unattended when using it, keeping a fire extinguisher, and having an electrician inspect your home’s electricals will go a long way in ensuring your safety.