Avoid Fire at All Cost!
How Can You Protect Your Home From Fire?
Preparing and maintaining your home to prevent fires is an excellent way to protect your family and belongings. SERVPRO of Yuma East Foothills has prepared a list of ten helpful tips to help keep you safe.
1. TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS REGULARLY
Press the test button; if it beeps weakly, you need to change the batteries ASAP.
2. INSPECT YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
If your heating sources aren’t working correctly, they could trigger a fire. Have them checked by a professional. Make sure your air filters are always cleaned or replaced. If you’re using a space heater – it needs to be positioned away from anything flammable.
3. KEEP YOUR STOVE AND OVEN CLEAN
When stoves combust, it is usually caused by oil spilling during cooking or by forgotten food particles on the burner. They can catch fire if you leave a dish towel or cookbook on a burner that you forgot was still hot.
4. DON’T LEAVE Cooking Food unattended
A few seconds is all it takes for a fire to break out. Never leave cooking food alone. If you must go, call someone into the kitchen to watch the food until you get back.
5. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR DRYER
Driers should be inspected every year. Don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry. You also want to check behind the machine for lint or clothing items like socks… clean the area and remove clothing items.
6. MAINTAIN ALL ELECTRICAL CORDS
Before you plug something in, ensure the cord hasn’t been frayed. Replace damaged wires because this is a considerable fire hazard. Check your cord placement. They tend to get hot. Avoid running them under a rug or between your wall and furniture.
7. PROPERLY STORE FLAMMABLE PRODUCTS
Household cleaners, solvents, and everyday cosmetic items such as hairspray can be hazardous if exposed to a heat source. They can combust. Keep them away from space heaters and other high-heat sources.
8. PRACTICE CAUTION WITH CANDLES
Be cautious with candles. Keep them far away from curtains, blankets, or other flammable objects. Never put them on an uneven surface like carpets. If you have pets, make sure lit candles stay out of their reach. Blow out candles when you leave the room.
9. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR FIREPLACE
Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from escaping from the fireplace. Don’t burn rubbish in a fireplace. Don’t leave the room with the fireplace blazing. Dispose of the ashes properly. Make sure they are cool. Dispose of them in a metal container designated for the ashes.
10. HAVE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ON HAND
Fire extinguishers are your best defense weapon when a fire breaks out. Make sure you have at least one in the kitchen and one in the garage. Every family member should know how to use an extinguisher so that if a fire does happen, it can be put out as fast as possible. However, never put your life at risk. Know when to escape
YOU CAN HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRES!
There is nothing more devastating than losing your treasures to a house fire. Your home is where you make your most memories, so you owe it to yourself and your family to protect it.
If your home ever suffers from fire or smoke damage, contact us to learn how we can help with cleanup and restoration services. We’re SERVPRO of Yuma East Foothills. Contact us at 928-247-1180.