Residential Fire Prevention Tips | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Residential fires are extremely widespread, but most homeowners are unaware of how much damage they can cause. Flames can spread in an instant, causing widespread damage to your property and dangers to your family.
There is no way to guarantee you will never experience a residential fire, but there are ways to reduce the chances one will occur.
Residential fires occur a staggering amount of times each day. The National Fire Protection Agency states that fires are reported at the rate of nearly three times every 60 seconds.
Cooking is one of the top hazards in residential buildings, accounting for over half of residential fires reported. That being said, there are still many other ways a fire can start.
Once flames are started, it is alarming how quickly they can spread. Therefore, stopping them before they start is key. These tips for preventing residential fires will help you keep your chances of experiencing a residential fire low:
Smoke detector tests. Testing smoke alarms only takes a few moments and is the best way to make sure they are operational. Test them every month via the button on the unit, and replace them every 10 years.
Dryer tray clearing. Because of the heat produced by dryers, they can combine with an overfull lint tray and combust. Clean out the lint tray after each load to prevent this.
Open flame caution. Even contained flames can cause a residential fire if conditions are right. Never leave a flame unattended to prevent them from spreading.
Check household cords. Cables that become frayed or worn can spark and start fires around the home if still in use. Be sure to check them frequently and replace when they begin to wear.
Store chemicals properly. Many household products contain many flammable chemicals and should be kept away from heat and sunlight. Always check the label for storage instructions.
If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 24⁄7.