If you want to prevent fires from breaking out in your home, you should keep the following two tips in mind.

1. Make sure your split system filters are changed regularly

If like a lot of homeowners, you have a split system air conditioner installed in your property, you should make sure that its filters are changed regularly. The reason for this is as follows; the filters that are found in most split systems are designed to capture any dust particles that are floating in the air that passes through the system. This ensures that these particles do not get emitted into the rooms when the cooled or heated air emerges from the air conditioning unit.

If these filters are not replaced regularly, the dust that they capture will continue to accumulate on their surfaces. This can not only affect the system's efficiency levels (as the system will need to use more power to push the cooled or heated air through the dirty filter) but could also result in a fire breaking out.

The reason for this is that the partially-blocked filter may lead to the heat produced inside the system to build up to a dangerous level. If this happens, the heat may then cause the layer of dust on the filter to catch on fire. A fire of this kind could spread rapidly through your home and cause a huge amount of damage in a matter of minutes. Given this, it is vital to change your split system's filters regularly.

2. Be cautious when using your clothes dryer

Clothes dryers are great for speeding up the process of drying your freshly-washed laundry. However, they are also a common cause of household fires. As such, it's important to be cautious when it comes to using this particular appliance.

For example, you should get into the habit of cleaning out your dryer's lint tray every single time you use it to dry a load of laundry. The reason for this is that the lint in this compartment is highly flammable and could cause a fire to break out if a spark of static electricity strikes it.

Additionally, if you have a collection of wet garments that have to be dried, and you need to leave the house for several hours, it is best to air-dry these clothes, rather than using your dryer. If the latter does cause a fire to break out and there is no-one in the house to extinguish it, your home may end up being severely damaged.