Residential Fire Prevention Strategies | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
Structural and property damage from residential fires can be significant, causing expensive damage for homeowners and putting the household in danger. Because of how devastating they are and how frequently they occur, practicing proper fire prevention techniques is essential to staying safe and gaining peace of mind.
Many consider fires to be an uncommon occurrence, but according to the numbers, they occur quite often. A fire occurs every 24 seconds, as reported by the National Fire Protection Association.
Over half of residential fires are caused by cooking in some manner. Utilizing caution when cooking with open flames can go a long way in residential fire prevention.
Because of how quickly fires can grow, preventing them from starting is the most effective method of fire safety. Household objects can quickly turn hazardous if conditions are right, but there are many ways to keep the risk of a residential fire at bay:
Inspection of the smoke detector. Use the smoke detector’s test button to check the batteries once each month. Every 10 years, the unit should be replaced with an updated model.
Disposal of dryer lint. An excessive amount of lint can be a fire hazard due to the heat of the dryer. Dispose of dryer lint in the tray after each load as a cautionary measure.
Attend to open flames. Just because one uses a flame each day for cooking or fireplaces does not mean that it cannot pose a hazard. Always attend to open flames and never leave the room when one is burning.
Maintain cables. Cords come with a safety coating that protects the wires and lessens the fire risk. When the cables become frayed and worn, the wires become exposed and create a threat. Check cables often and dispose of frayed ones immediately.
Properly store products. Everyday household products can also pose a fire risk. Read the label of cleaners, household chemicals and aerosol cans to determine the safest way to store them.
If your home has suffered damage from a fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 24⁄7.