The materials used in construction are important to make sure that the building is durable, safe and fireproof. The incidence of fire is rising in Australia, with bushfire increasing to 40% since 2008 and house fires are increasing in numbers especially in New South Wales.
As the risk of fires is becoming more common and fatal, building a fire resistant structure is possible with proper external concrete cladding, flooring and clearing. Apart from installing the right materials to your house, here are four easy ways to fireproof your home.
Ready Your Fire Extinguisher
Keeping a fire extinguisher in a kitchen, or other parts of the house like the garage with flammable materials. A fire extinguisher is your first defence to put out a fire easily – just make sure that you maintain and refill them on time.
Install a Smoke Alarm
Smoke alarms can provide early warnings of a fire. Installing one in your home can give you that security and peace of mind. Make sure to check it every four months to make sure that it is working properly.
Avoid Electrical Overload
Electrical short circuits are one of the top reasons of a house fire. Have an electrician check your outlets and wirings to reduce the chances of an electrical overload. Keep your home pest free to avoid them from chewing and breaking your wires.
Old clothes, newspapers, toys, boxes are unusual clutter that tends to accumulate in your home. Unfortunately, these flammable materials can easily spark up even on a small an amount of fire.
Even when your house is of fire-resistant concrete cladding or armed with smoke alarms and extinguishers, fires are bound to happen if you do not exert an effort to fireproof your home. Keep flammable materials away, turn off electricity and safeguard your house at all costs.