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5 Tips to Avoid Fire in Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Home

5 Tips to Avoid Fire in Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Home


One of the threats to homeowners is house fire. In the United States alone, between 350,000 and 400,000 house fires occur each year. However, unlike natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods, house fires are often preventable. Read on for some safety tips so you and your family can avoid the occurrence of a fire emergency in your home.

These are Safety tips to avoid fire in your Grasslands Lakeland FL home.

1. Give heaters space

Next to stove-top cooking, heating is the second most common cause of home fires. Portable electric space heaters can cause fire if the sheets or window curtains accidentally come in contact with the unit and ignite. To prevent this from happening, ensure that heaters are far enough away from other objects.  Give your space heaters at least 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions. Have your central heating equipment professionally checked and serviced each heating season.


2. Care for your cords

To avoid fire in your home in Grasslands Golf & Country Club, make sure that your electrical cords have room to “breathe” because they can produce heat. Do not trap them tightly between a piece of furniture and the wall. Never run them under a rug. Regularly check the condition of your cords and immediately replace or fix frayed wires or those damaged by pets as they are potential fire starters.


3. Keep cooking oil containers well away from the stove

Never leave the stove unattended when cooking with oil. If a grease fire occurs, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames. You may also pour on lots of baking soda to put out the fire. Do not pour water on a grease fire because the water may splatter the grease and make the fire bigger. Never try to carry the pan outside because it will be much too hot and you may hurt yourself in the process.


4. Smoke outside

The third most common cause of home fires is smoking. Fires occur when smokers lose track of their still-smouldering butts and come in contact with flammable surfaces such as couch cushions. To prevent this, institute a policy of no smoking indoors in your home in Grasslands communities in Lakeland FL. Douse cigarettes with water before throwing them away to make sure they are completely extinguished.


5. Install metal screens for fireplaces

The National Fire Protection Association recommends securing a sturdy metal screen in front of fireplaces to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Allow ashes and wood to cool before disposing them in a metal container. Store them at a safe distance away from any combustible materials.


Home fires pose a serious threat to you, your family, your possessions, and your home. Follow these safety measures so you can prevent a fire from happening. Visit for more home safety tips.


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Petra Norris - REALTOR®, SFR
Managing Broker - CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
CDV TransAtlantic Inc
(863) 619-6918
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Comment balloon 3 commentsPetra Norris • August 18 2015 10:40AM


Petra - These are very valuable tips to avoid fire in in homes.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 3 years ago

Fire safety is everyone's concern. Thank you for sharing these reminders, Petra!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 3 years ago

Home fires really pose a serious threat - not just to you and your family but also to your entire neighborhood. Thanks for these reminders, Petra!

Posted by Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE (EXP Realty LLC) over 3 years ago

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