Home Fire Safety
Did you know fire services respond to more than 300,000 home fires each year? If you include fires extinguished by the homeowner, the number doubles. Understanding the three areas of proper fire preparation may help you minimize your risk of having a fire in your home.
Prevention means getting ahead of the fire risk level in your home. Consider these fire safety measures to reduce the number of potential fire sources:
Maintenance – A bird’s nest or lint blockage in your dryer or heat vent can cause a fire. Having these vents professionally cleaned annually is a smart safeguard.
Inspections – Natural gas lines can leak small amounts of gas that can build up in a confined area and cause fire risk. It’s recommended to have your gas lines inspected and tested for leaks each year.
Caution – When interacting with combustible materials, such as space heaters, lit candles and smoking implements, it is essential to be cautious. These items are common causes of home fires and should not be left unattended.
Working smoke alarms are essential for home fire preparation. Residential building codes require them because they effectively detect smoke and warn you about a fire. It’s important to change the batteries and test your alarms at least every six months to ensure they will function properly.
Scheduling regular fire drills will ensure your family is ready to respond appropriately to a fire. Keeping a fire extinguisher on each level of your home is strongly recommended. Having a group of emergency contacts in your phone will give you easy access to your insurance agent, fire remediation services, neighbors or family during an emergency.
Prioritizing fire preparation doesn’t take tremendous effort, but it can significantly reduce the likelihood of serious fire damage. A plan that includes prevention, early detection and readiness can mean the difference between a close call and a life-changing fire disaster.
If you do experience a fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead is available to help 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call 516-620-4579.