You may think your home is completely safe, but there may some hidden dangers lurking around it. In fact, some of these hidden fire hazards you are not even aware of are known to cause thousands of home fires every year. Devices such as smoke detectors and fire sprinklers are a great and necessary safety measure that will alert you when there’s a fire, but wouldn’t you want to prevent that fire altogether?
Take a look at what some of the most dangerous fire hazards are so that you can keep an eye on them and try to prevent any possibility of a greater disaster.
Wiring is usually located behind the walls in your home. You usually can’t even see it and therefore don’t pay much attention to it. However, faults in your wiring and electrical outlets have proven to be very dangerous, causing fatal fires.
There are two potential dangers with wiring that can occur: one is old wiring found in older houses, which needs to be replaced or fixed, and the other one you might cause yourself when you are driving screws into a wall, for example, or hanging a mirror, which can easily pierce your wires. Therefore, make sure to have an expert check your wiring and if you are doing some DIY home improvements around your home be careful when drilling through the walls and also consult with a professional if you are not sure where exactly the wires are located.
When it comes to outlets, they can wear and tear over time, so if you notice any faults make sure to replace them. You will notice that your outlet is not tight enough if the plug does not fit in securely and tightly and if it falls out at times. If the outlet wiggles and hangs a bit from your wall, it is also a sign that it needs to be replaced. These types of faults can cause the outlet to overheat and can lead to a fire.