Jul 31, 2023


A Homeowner's Guide to Preventing Fires

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your home, fire prevention should be your priority. We're here to help you uncover the hidden fire risks in your home!

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your home, fire prevention should be at the top of your priority list.

Most of us are aware of common fire hazards like unattended candles or faulty wiring, but there are some less obvious, and often overlooked, dangers lurking in your home. But don’t fear; the hidden risks associated with dryer vents, electrical outlets, space heaters, and fireplaces, shouldn't make you shake in your boots. Rümi is here to help you take the necessary steps to protect your home and loved ones.

We’ll shed some light on these often-neglected fire hazards — and provide you with proactive tips to eliminate them for good!

Dryer vents: a silent threat

Did you know clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires? Over time, lint and debris accumulate in the vent, restricting airflow and creating a potential fire hazard. To prevent this, regular cleaning is essential. While you can opt for DIY cleaning, we highly recommended hiring a Rümi professional to get the job done and provide that extra peace of mind – whether you’re in a house or condo.

Think about having your dryer vents cleaned at least once a year. You can even take it one step further and book a super clean bundle. Show those dust bunnies who’s boss with duct, dryer vent AND furnace cleaning. No matter your choice, the cost of professional cleaning is a small price to pay compared to the potential devastation caused by fire.

Electrical outlets: hidden fire starters

Electrical outlets, particularly older ones, can become fire hazards if not properly maintained. Loose connections, frayed wires, or overloaded circuits can spark and ignite a fire.

To reduce the risk, check your outlets for any signs of damage, such as discolouration, melting, or a burning smell. Avoid using multiple adapters or extension cords in a single outlet, as it can overload the circuit. If you notice any issues, contact Rümi to speak with a licensed electrician who can assess and fix the problem promptly.

Space heaters: warm with caution

Space heaters provide cozy warmth during chilly days, but can quickly turn into fire hazards if not used correctly.

Be sure to keep flammable materials like curtains, blankets, and furniture at a safe distance from the heater. And never leave a space heater unattended or powered on while sleeping. We recommend your heater has an automatic shut-off feature in case it tips over, or you leave the house unexpectedly, forgetting to turn it off. You’ll always want to plug it directly into the wall outlet, as extension cords can add another level of danger.

Fireplaces: charm and danger

Fireplaces add warmth and ambience to your home, but without proper maintenance, they can pose a significant fire hazard.

We suggest having your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned annually by a professional. With improper cleaning and maintenance, creosote buildup, debris, or blockages can ignite and cause a chimney fire. That’s why it is important to always use a sturdy fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into your living space, and just like your space heaters, never leave the fire unattended or go to bed without fully extinguishing it.

Prevent fires before they start

Protecting your home from fire hazards is an ongoing process, and it's crucial to stay vigilant and proactive. By thinking about these hidden dangers, and implementing these easy tips in your household, you’ll be able to educate your family members on basic fire safety and spread awareness among friends and neighbours.

By doing so, you'll be taking a significant step toward safeguarding your home and loved ones from the potentially devastating effects of a fire.