As professionals dedicated to restoring properties in the aftermath of fire, we have first-hand knowledge of the devastation that a fire can bring. But wouldn’t it be better if such catastrophic events could be prevented entirely? Without a doubt. Our team wants to share time-tested tips to prevent the start of a fire in your home. By incorporating these practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of a house fire and protect your loved ones and most precious belongings.
Proper Fire Prevention Tools & Equipment
The first line of defense in preventing fires in your home is ensuring you have the right tools and equipment to detect or extinguish fires, when possible. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and in each bedroom. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing these alarms once a month and replacing them entirely every ten years.
A fire extinguisher plays an equally important role. Keep one in the kitchen and other high-risk areas and make sure everyone knows how to use it. Additionally, a fire escape ladder stored in upper-story rooms can be a real lifesaver in case of a serious fire outbreak.
Never Leave Candles and Other Fire Hazards Unattended
Candles add a warm ambiance and often, a wonderful scent to our homes. However, they also pose a significant fire risk. Never leave a candle unattended, and always ensure that flammable items like curtains or loose papers are not near the flame. This applies to other potential fire hazards as well, such as hair styling tools.
Safe Cooking & Kitchen Practices
According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Never leave your cooking unattended and be mindful of loose clothing, hand towels, and other fabrics and flammable materials that could easily catch fire. Always ensure your oven and stovetop are clean and free of grease which can ignite easily. After cooking, double-check that all appliances are turned off.
Proper & Updated Electrical Wiring
Faulty electrical wiring is another common cause of household fires. As a preventative measure, hire a certified electrician to check your property for outdated systems, overloaded circuits, or frayed cords. Avoid running electrical cords under rugs or furniture as this could lead to overheating.
Clean Out Your Lint Trap
Your dryer’s lint trap may seem innocent, but it’s a potential fire hazard if it is not properly maintained. Lint is highly flammable and can spark a fire quickly if the dryer overheats. Clean out the lint trap after each load of laundry, and consider hiring a professional for an annual deep clean of your venting system.
Safety First – Always!
Ensure that every family member understands and practices fire safety. Draw up a fire escape plan that offers at least two ways out of every room and practice it every so often. Instruct everyone in your home to call 911 as soon as they are safe, and never re-enter a burning building.
Preventing a fire in your home requires conscious effort but is a small price to pay for the security and peace of mind it provides. By practicing safe practices and ensuring you have the appropriate defenses, the risk of a fire in your home can be greatly reduced.
Remember, if the worst does happen, One Call Restoration is always ready to step in and help you recover. We believe in the old saying, “prevention is better than cure,” and hope that through our tips, we can help protect homes and families from fire damage.
At One Call Restoration, we strongly believe that a sense of awareness and a proactive approach can ensure the well-being of your home and your loved ones. Don’t wait until tomorrow to get started, because every step taken today prevents a potential catastrophe tomorrow.
If You Have Experienced A Fire In Your Property, Let One Call Restoration Assist You With Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration
If you’ve experienced the devastating impact of property fire, you know the damage isn’t limited to tangible assets. The issue extends to trauma, distress, and the grief of losing something dear to you. When it comes to picking up the pieces, One Call Restoration is standing by to assist with professional fire and smoke damage restoration in your moment of need.
Fire doesn’t just leave a trail of charred remains; it also brings smoke damage, water damage due to firefighting efforts, and structural instability, making the cleanup process complex and labor-intensive. In order to restore your home or business to pre-fire condition or better, you must trust the expertise of a professional fire restoration company like One Call Restoration.
Our team at One Call Restoration is made up of a group of trained, experienced, and compassionate individuals who understand the gravity of the situation. Each member is certified and highly skilled in dealing with fire and smoke damage restoration. From the moment you contact us, you become a part of our family, where your safety and comfort are our utmost priority.
An immediate response is one of the most crucial factors in restricting damage and potentially lowering restoration costs. Recognizing that fires can occur at any time, One Call Restoration provides round-the-clock, 24/7 emergency fire damage services, ensuring we’re on stand-by and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
Once onsite, our first step involves conducting a thorough assessment of the damaged property. We measure the severity of the fire damage, smoke penetration, heat impact, and analyze the potential water-damage from firefighting efforts. This evaluation allows us to formulate the most comprehensive and effective restoration plan to return your property to its original state.
The fire damage restoration process continues with immediate mitigation measures to prevent further damage. The restoration process will begin right away and your property will be secured to ensure that no further damage can occur as our team is working.
In the following step, we focus on smoke and soot damage. Soot residue isn’t just unsightly; it’s detrimental to your health and even corrosive, capable of damaging your property’s structural integrity over time. Rest assured, our team uses specially designed equipment and industry-leading techniques to clean your property thoroughly and restore it to a healthy state.
Our experienced team handles the essential task of odor removal with ease. Unlike everyday odors, the smoke odor left after a fire is pungent and can permeate your home or business long after the fire has been extinguished. Our deodorization method helps to eliminate the odor at its source instead of merely masking it, thus restoring the pleasant atmosphere of your living or workspace.
In times of distress, we at One Call Restoration stand firm by your side with our exceptional fire damage restoration service. We pledge to do everything within our power to restore the normalcy and comfort of your home or business. Remember, if a fire should ever interrupt your life, just one call to One Call Restoration is what you need to begin your journey to complete restoration and recovery.