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Any homeowner knows that there are many natural disasters and other occurrences that can cause damage to the house. However, few of these instances are more damaging and deadly than home fires.
While everyone hopes they will never have to experience a house fire, it is important to be proactive about prevention to lessen the likelihood.
A Look at House Fire Statistics
Reported at the rate of nearly three times per minute, home fires are one of the most common disasters that occur.
Cooking still retains the No. 1 spot for causing house fires, but of course it is not the only thing that can cause a fire in the home.
A Look at House Fire Prevention Tips
Part of what makes house fires so dangerous is that once a flame starts, it can so easily spread. That is why being a proactive fire preventer is the most effective way to prevent your home from getting caught in a blaze. Here are some house fire prevention methods:
Regularly perform smoke alarm checks. Most smoke alarms are equipped with a test button that allows you to check the batteries once a month. In 10-year intervals, it is recommended to replace the entire smoke alarm.
Make cleaning dryer lint a habit. As the heat of the dryer dries out lint in the collection tray, a perfect situation for combustion is created. After each load, clean out the tray to prevent it from catching fire.
Keep watch when flames are around. It is not uncommon to interact with open flames every day, whether through cooking, candles or heating. However, it is advised to never leave the room while a flame is burning.
Replace frayed wires regularly. Wires that are bent, twisted or squashed can quickly become a fire hazard as they grown worn and frayed. If continuing to route electricity, this can lead to a fire.
Protect aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are highly pressurized and highly flammable. Keep them away from heat sources or direct sunlight to avoid combustion.
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.