Fire Safety Tips for Your Home
There are many things in life that we can replace somewhat easily. One thing that cannot be replaced so easily, is your home. For many of you, a home is irreplaceable. Your home is where you make some of your most precious memories. It’s a place that’s special to you and your family, and it’s the place that you feel safe and well. A fire can total a home and cause enormous damage. That damage will have to be repaired. While the emotional damage will take time to heal, SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown has the manpower and the expertise to restore your home and reverse the fire damage.
Although SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is more than capable of taking care of any damages from a fire, it’s always best to prevent house fires in the first place. Here are some practical tips to help you prevent a house fire.
Fire Safety Essentials
When it comes to house fires there are a few essentials that every homeowner should take into account. You should always have a functioning smoke detector in your home to help warn you when a fire has started. If something started as a small fire, hearing the alarm from a smoke detector can give you a chance to put the fire out before it grows larger and more dangerous. Of course, if the fire is already quite large, your focus should be on safely getting yourself and any pets or loved ones out of the house.
It’s good practice to check your smoke detectors once every month or so to ensure that they are still working properly. If the smoke detector isn’t working, try replacing the batteries and check it again before replacing the unit entirely. You should also have an escape plan that you and your loved ones can follow and easily remember should there be a fire.
If you have children, it’s important to teach them the stop, drop, and roll technique and that they should never touch a metal doorknob when there’s a fire.
Check Your Wiring
For those of you who live in an older home, the aging wiring in your electrical system should be thoroughly checked by a trained electrician. Although living in an older, vintage home can be great, you’re bound to run into problems with the wiring sooner or later.
If you can’t afford to have the wiring completely overhauled, having a trained electrician check the wiring routinely should eliminate any major problems down the road. More importantly, you won’t be caught off guard by a massive electrical fire.
Keep Your Yard Free of Debris
Another practical fire safety tip is to keep your yard free of debris. More specifically, keep it free of piles of certain combustible materials like bark, mulch or compost. These materials can become combustible and set fire during dry seasons if someone tosses so much as a cigarette in the wrong direction.
Things to Avoid
Sometimes it’s not about what you do to prevent a fire, it’s about what not to do, like leaving food on the stove or in the fryer unattended. Countless house fires begin and rage out of control simply because someone stepped away from the kitchen while cooking food.
Space heaters are another thing that you should avoid. While convenient as a heating solution, space heaters start a lot of fires. Although some of them are designed to be safer than others, it’s just not worth the risk.
Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs
Here at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown, we care about the communities we serve. This is why we cooked up these helpful tips. While we’d love to have your business, we sincerely hope that your home will never be damaged by a fire.
If your home has fire damage, we can help, get in touch with one of our technicians at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown!