Simple Ways to Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco
Fires are incredibly pervasive in the United States, occurring somewhere across the country every few seconds. In fact, so far this year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 22,000 house fires—and that’s only a small portion of overall fires.
Though smoke detectors are still one of the most functional strategies to avoid fire-related deaths and property damage, there are various other precautions you can take to avoid the occurrence of a fire in your home.
??Our homes can easily become cluttered. When it comes to fire prevention, unattended loose, flammable things in corridors and storage places, such as clothing, spare blankets and other fabrics, are extremely harmful.
You can also easily cause a fire if you leave clothes unattended near gas burners or water heaters. It is better to leave clear, clean spaces in your home to avoid hazards getting in the way in the event you need to escape your home quickly. If a fire does break out, it will spread more slowly since there will be fewer flammable things in its path.
Electrical fires starting from appliances or kitchen materials are some of the most common causes of home fires in Maine. This shows how important it is to double-check your oven and stovetop BEFORE you leave the kitchen! Unplug any appliances you aren’t using, and don’t overload plugs.
Finally, make sure there is enough space between your furniture, carpets and wall outlets so they don’t rub together or tangle to prevent flammable spaces.
There are a variety of techniques to improve the exterior of your home’s fire resistance. You can clear a way for firefighters to enter your home more readily in the event of a fire by using deliberate landscaping practices.
It is advised that you have at least 30 feet of defensible space outside your home at all times—and that you replace flammable substances with more appropriate materials such concrete, brick and gravel. Make sure to clean any waste that may obstruct the firefighters’ path.
If you can no longer safely access your home’s water source, it can be helpful to have a backup exterior water setup prepared for emergencies.
Consider purchasing extra-long garden hoses or a complete sprinkler system in case of a fire-related emergency.
These simple procedures can make a great difference in minimizing your fire risk and ensuring that you are better prepared in the event of a home fire.
We spend a lot of time in our houses, creating memories with the people we care about and maintaining the home itself. To avoid the risk of a fire, we must also keep our homes clean and take the effort to prevent dangers.
If you have encountered fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, call us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.