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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prevent Fire Damage in the Bathroom

By Jonathan Meyer

Traditionally the bathroom has a very low fire risk. Still, some periodic inspections are required. The following steps will help keep your bathroom safe from fire hazards.

Appliances

Prevent fire damage in your basement! Simple steps to reduce fire caused by appliances, candles... See also: BATHROOM FIRE DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPSCheck wires and cords for appliances used in the bathroom. Make sure they are undamaged. Discard all broken electrical appliances. Check for overloaded extension cords and outlets.

Make sure that appliances are installed or located with adequate space from any source of water. Unplug electrical appliances when not in use. Never leave the bathroom while appliances are on.

Space heaters need space. Keep combustibles such as clothes and towels at least three feet away from the heater.

Candles

It is highly recommended to avoid using candles in the bathroom. If you do use candles, they must be used with extreme care. Place them in safe, nonflammable holders and extinguish them before you leave the bathroom.

Smart Tips for Fire Damage Prevention in the Bathroom:

  • Check wires and cords regularly.
  • Check extension cords and outlets for overloading.
  • Keep an adequate space between appliances and water.
  • If you must, use candles with extreme care.

Recommended Reading
Causes of Fire Damage
Installing Smoke Detectors Properly

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