Home fires happen more often than you may realize. According to the National Fire Protection Association, one-quarter of all fire calls were to homes. Unfortunately, home fires are also quite deadly. The same NFPA report states nearly 80% of all fire deaths happened in house fires and nearly 75% of all fire-related injuries occurred in a house fire.
Home fires are devastating and can cause serious structural damage that could keep you out of your home for months after the incident. The best way to avoid a house fire is to take active steps to prevent them. Here are a few ways you and your family can prevent house fires.
Install Smoke Alarms and Test Them Regularly
Smoke alarms are your first line of defense to recognizing house fires and getting out in enough time. Assure your home is outfitted with smoke alarms and be sure to change the battery twice per year. You should also test the smoke alarms regularly.
Clear Your Dryer Vent
Believe it or not, one major way home fires happen starts in the dryer vent. Be sure you and your family members are always cleaning out the lint trap before starting another load and you are actively cleaning out the larger dryer vent regularly to avoid lint build-up.
Say No To Space Heaters
It is winter in northern Illinois which means temperatures are plummeting. However, space heaters can be more dangerous than they are good for most situations. Avoid using space heaters whenever possible and if you must use them, be sure they are never unattended and are always on a hard, flat surface.
Watch Your Cords
If you have any cords or plugs that are frayed, damaged, or not in excellent condition, it is time to switch them out. Do a monthly quick check on all your plugs and cords to be sure you are catching any damage in time.
Have a Plan
Finally, it is wise to have a plan of action in case you ever experience a house fire. Talk with your family members so everyone knows what to do in case of a fire and where to meet up if you are separated. Be sure to include phone numbers of important places to call in case a fire does happen, like the fire department and restoration company.
At Roberts Restoration, we specialize in working with families, insurance companies, and first responders during house fire calls. Our team works efficiently to protect the property and restore it to its original condition. Call us to hear more about our expert services.
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