How Can I Plan Ahead to Prevent House Fires? | SERVPRO® of Anaheim Central/Garden Grove East
No one wants to experience a house fire, but how confident are you that you are doing everything you can to prevent one? Fires can start suddenly and only take around 30 seconds to spread—meaning prevention is the best strategy for ensuring you never have to experience one.
Fortunately, there are many prevention measures people can take to keep their household safer from fires. While there is no way to ensure you will never experience a fire, doing your due diligence around the house can go a long way in ensuring reducing the chances that one will start.
Reduce the Chances That a House Fire Will Start
Check your smoke detectors. There are few things more important to fire safety than operational smoke alarms being installed throughout the home. You should make it a habit to check your smoke alarms every 30 days, and ensure you know when to replace your batteries or the unit as per your manufacturer’s guidelines.
Create a fire escape plan. It is important for the safety of everyone in the household that you have a comprehensive fire escape plan that is regularly practiced. It should only take two minutes to exit the home, and every room should have two ways to get out so no one will be trapped in the house depending on where the fire starts.
Limit your fire risks. Anytime you practice good fire safety habits around the house, you are significantly reducing the chances a fire will start. Simple things, such as cleaning your dryer’s lint catcher, not overloading electrical outlets and installing surge protectors, can go a long way in house fire prevention.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Though fire extinguishers will not always be appropriate to use, if there is a small, contained fire and you are able to, using a fire extinguisher can reduce the damage a fire can cause. It is always smart to have an extinguisher if there is an open flame present and ensure everyone around knows how to use it just in case.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.