The fire protection industry is built around the need for residential and business customers to protect themselves, their family members, their employees, and their property from the danger that a fire can present and the damage a blaze can cause. A lot of fire protection has to do with technology; for instance, fire suppression systems that respond to a fire by using water, a dry substance or an inorganic material to slow the spread of a fire or put it out completely. Other systems, such as fire alarm systems, are tasked with the responsibility of alerting those in a home or building to a fire before it grows too large to escape from. Fire protection technology is all about saving lives and protecting property, but one of the best ways to make sure no one is hurt and nothing is damaged is to take preventative steps.In a home, there are many potential dangers that could lead to the outbreak of a fire. As a homeowner, it’s important that you’re able to identify these possible trouble spots and take the steps needed to make sure you’re being as safe as possible. One source of quite a few home fires is extension cords. These cords are meant to extend an outlet and allow for a few extra appliances to be plugged in. Some, however, view extension cords as a way to create an enormous number of extra outlets by plugging in extra cords and power strips, and will have 20 to 30 appliances running from one electrical outlet. This can overload the outlet and cause a fire to start. When using extension cords, be reasonable with the number of items you have running from one wall outlet.Another potential fire danger in the home is a space heater. These heaters are usually common in the winter, where they’re used to add additional heat in areas where the home’s traditional heating system isn’t working as well. You have to be very careful with how you use a space heater, though. Be sure to leave a fair amount of space around the heater so that there are no items touching it or close enough to burn. Also, try to purchase a space heater that has an auto shut-off mechanism when it gets too hot, and a tip-over switch that turns the unit off automatically if it falls over on its side or on its face. If you can operate your space heater in a safe manner, you’ll do more to prevent a potential fire.These are just a few potential fire dangers that could present themselves in your home. Remember that prevention is the best way to deal with the threat of a fire. Do your best to keep a fire from starting at all before you have to rely on fire protection systems like suppression systems and alarms. For your work, you can be much more safe.