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House fires can happen in the blink of an eye and spread to affect nearby areas. Here are five tips to prevent a fire from happening:

1. Purchase electric appliances and outlets meeting safety standards.

Make sure your electrical appliances (such as refrigerators, microwaves, electric stoves, air conditioners, air purifiers, and hair dryers) meet industry quality expectations and regulatory safety standards. Pay attention to the types of outlets they use and ensure they are appropriate.

2. Regularly check the electrical appliances’ condition.

Some electrical appliances have a limited lifespan, while others may have damaged components and require replacement. Carefully check the appliances and outlets around the home to ensure they are in perfect condition. In case of damage (such as cracks, decays, discoloration, irregular temperature, broken or damaged power cords), repair or replace them immediately to avoid short circuits or fire hazards.  

3. Avoid behaviors that can cause a fire.

Be cautious when using electrical appliances and apply best practices, including:

  • Always turn off the switches, pull the plug after use,
  • Blow out scented candles, and put out the incense sticks and candles before leaving the prayer room
  • When preparing or reheating food, do it in an open area and turn off the gas valve after each use
  • Extinguish cigarette butts completely before discarding them

4. Keep flammable items safe and organized.

Safely and securely keep packaging or items with flammable chemicals, e.g., hairspray, mosquito spray, wax, or shoe polish. Make sure they are placed far from heat and in well-ventilated areas to help prevent fire, when it happens, from spreading quickly.

5. Install a leakage circuit breaker.

A leakage circuit breaker is an important device for preventing electric shock and fire. It automatically cuts off electric circuits in case of a leakage current while your electrical appliances are in use. It also cuts off the power supply to electrical appliances once overcurrent protectors, namely a fuse or a circuit breaker, fail or operate slowly due to low leakage current.

In addition to these tips, home lovers should also be familiar with the six risky fire spots in their homes because knowing where fires are most likely to occur can help you protect your home and family from a disaster.

Disclaimer - The content of the above article is not intended to constitute professional advice. Although all content is believed to be accurate, Chubb Samaggi Insurance Public Company Limited (Chubb) makes no warranty or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this article. Users relying on any content do so at their own risk.

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