Fire is one of the most dangerous and damaging elements on earth, and unfortunately, fires in the home are not uncommon. Whether the fire starts from your kitchen stove or from an unattended lit candle in a bedroom, it can catch on very quickly and begin causing major damage. While some fires can't be prevented, many of the damaging fires that occur each year can be. Using these four tips to fireproof your home can help prevent accidents and keep your family as safe as possible.

1. If you're building a home, consider using fireproof materials. Certain building materials, such as insulated concrete forms, can resist the heat and flames of a fire. Using insulated concrete forms to build homes is a relatively new concept, but it has become more popular due to the prevalence of wildfires, especially on the west coast. You'll also want to use fireproof materials for the roofing and siding, such as concrete or metal.

2. Keep an eye out for problems that indicate defective wires. Many house fires are caused by defective wires, which can't always be seen. Fortunately, there are signs that the wiring in your home is defective, and fixing these problems promptly can prevent a fire from breaking out. If your outlets are smoking, sparking, or smelling, replace them ASAP. Make sure all plugs fit into the outlet tightly; loose plugs can cause heat to build up and create a fire.

3. Add a fireproofing spray to your furniture and carpet. While buying furniture and carpeting that is naturally fireproof is ideal, there are ways to fireproof the existing items in your home. There are fireproofing sprays on the market that you can spray all over your furniture and carpets that will help extinguish a flame if the treated material comes into contact with it.

4. Don't overload your circuits. Overloading your circuits with too many gadgets can cause a short circuit, which can lead to overheating and fires. This is especially risky when those gadgets are ones that use a lot of electricity, like computers or televisions. If you can't avoid having multiple devices plugged into one outlet, make sure you have surge protectors to protect your devices and prevent overload.

Always have an updated fire extinguisher in every room of your home and make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. Fireproofing your home won't stop a fire from occurring, but it can buy you enough time to secure your safety and minimize damage while waiting for help. For more information, contact a professional like Nordic Services Inc.