[dropcap letter="F"]ires, unlike other forces of nature, are preventable. All it takes is a pinch of healthy paranoia and a load of common sense. Here are 8 of the most obvious ways to protect your home and loved ones from fire-related accidents.









Some outlets are designed only for one or two plugs, but other people find a way around that by inserting a multi-plug outlet called an “octopus.”


Newsflash: this might cause the circuit to overload, overheat, and thereby cause fire.


Quickly (and safely) unplug anything that emits smoke, sparks, or has an unusual smell.





 








In addition, remember to unplug appliances when you are not using them. If you’ll be out of the house for an extended period of time, unplug everything--the AC, the fridge, your TV, and yes, even those harmless-looking lamps.



 







Gas leaks are almost always hard to detect. Make sure you have your tank and hose checked regularly Ask your LPG supplier to check your tank and hose for you the next time they deliver your supply.



 








Electric lighters, especially, are very easy to operate and look like toys. Make sure to keep them in a place inaccessible to kids. Always remind kids that candles and matches are not toys.



 







Electric lighters, especially, are very easy to operate and look like toys. Make sure to keep them in a place inaccessible to kids. Always remind kids that candles and matches are not toys.



 







It’s easy to get distracted when you’re waiting for something to boil, so if you really must leave the stove to do something important, bring a timer with you so that you will be reminded to go back.



 







Fires almost always happen in the kitchen, so you never want to give the flames something to feed on. Moreover, don’t install curtains over kitchen windows, as the wind might blow them over the stove flame.



 






Fire drills are not just for schools and offices, it helps to practice at home as well. Make sure all exits are unobstructed. Make sure windows can be easily opened (from the inside); if some doors or windows are locked to prevent unwanted intrusions, make sure everyone knows where the keys are.

You can (or should) also post emergency numbers near the telephones (or better yet, save them in your mobile phones).


Jaclyn Lutanco-Chua

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