How to Protect Your Home from Fires During a Heatwave

Ways to protect your home from fires during summer heatwaves: 

As climate change leads to more frequent and intense heat waves, the risk of fires increases dramatically. Protecting your home from fires during these periods is crucial for the safety of your family and property. Here are essential steps to safeguard your home from fire hazards during a heatwave:

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Regularly test smoke alarms and replace batteries at least once a year.  Ensure smoke alarms are installed in all sleeping areas, kitchens, and hallways.

Conserve Energy and Water

Turn off unnecessary lights to prevent overheating and reduce energy consumption.Ensure water pipelines are shut off when not in use to prevent leaks that could become fire hazards.

Enhance Cooling Measures

Install khus or bori curtains in windows or balconies to keep your home cool and reduce the risk of overheating, which can be a fire hazard.

Sign Up for Alerts

Subscribe to local emergency alerts and warnings to receive real-time information about fire threats.

Consider a Cool Roof

During the peak of summer, your roof shingles can become extremely hot to the touch. There are several ways to prevent your roof from overheating, which can cause your home to retain more heat. Applying the first point from our list to your roof as well, consider using reflective materials or shingles to reduce the amount of sunlight your roof absorbs throughout the day.

Use Fire-Resistant Materials

 Install dual-pane windows with tempered glass and fire-resistant doors to prevent embers from entering your home. Use non-combustible materials for fences and gates near your home.

Put Reflectors on AC Units

Install reflectors on air conditioning units to prevent them from overheating and reduce the risk of fire.