When purchasing a new home, the last thing on many people's minds is fire. What new homeowners should realize is that fire is always a possibility, even in a brand new construction. After purchasing a new home, it is important to consider fire safety and how to make the home less susceptible to fire. There are a few different ways that homeowners can prepare for a potential fire.
When it comes to fire suppression systems, sprinklers are a popular choice. Home sprinkler systems are great for controlling fires and even have the ability to put out small fires. They are also great for protecting property. For homes with sprinkler systems, the average property loss per fire is cut by 70%. The cost of installing these systems is also around $1.35 per square foot. Sprinklers are a great choice for preventing fires in a new home for many different reasons. They can be installed before a homeowner moves in. Many builders even offer them as an upgrade feature.
While a sprinkler system is a great choice, it's not always affordable for all homeowners. Fire extinguishers are a great alternative for homeowners who want to be able to deal with a small fire but cannot afford to install a sprinkler system. At least one fire extinguisher is recommended for each floor of the home. They should also be kept in areas that are prone to fire, such as the kitchen. Fire extinguishers can put out small fires or keep larger fires suppressed long enough for the residents of the home to escape to safety. It's also important to pay attention to the label on the fire extinguisher. An A label means that the fire extinguisher is for ordinary combustibles, B is for flammable liquids, and C is for live electricity.
What many homeowners are unaware of is that fire doors are available for residential use. These doors can help halt the spread of a fire, giving occupants enough time to get to safety before the fire spreads. Interior fire doors are usually made of fiberglass or wood with metal cores. Most often these doors are 20 minute doors, which means that it will take about 20 minutes for a fire to break through. Higher fire ratings are available for these doors. Installing these doors in a new home is a great way to suppress a fire long enough to get help.
Fires are a possibility in any home. For homeowners who have just moved into a new home there are a few things that can be done to control any potential fires that may occur. Sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and fire doors can all help suppress a potential fire and can even put out small fires in the home.