How to Fireproof a Room

Fireproofing your home protects your family from the perils of fire.
Not only can a fire burn people, it also produces smoke that is dangerous to inhale. While being careful where and how you smoke in the house is an important way to prevent a fire, going a step further and fireproofing certain fire-prone rooms will help safeguard you from worry. Learn which rooms are at the highest risk for fire. Some minor changes will go a long way to protect you and your family.

Step 1

Identify where fire risks exist in your house. The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house because you deal with open flames on a gas stove and the oven can cause fires. Look out for places where electronics are plugged, in such as a computer room or around an entertainment center.

Step 2

Keep all flammable items away from your stove, including dishrags. Clean all grease off your stove top and range head to prevent it from sparking a fire.

Step 3

Remove any clutter that can burn up easily if a fire begins. Throw away or place in storage things such as stacks of magazines or newspapers.

Step 4

Install smoke detectors to alert you to a potential fire before it begins. Place a screen in front of your fireplace to keep the embers from escaping when in use.

Step 5

Do not plug too many electronics into one socket. Use a surge protector or energy strip to reduce strain on the socket. Inspect wires to make sure they are not frayed.

Things You Will Need

  • Smoke detectors
  • Fireplace screen
  • Surge protector

About the Author

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.