Actions to Take for House Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel
House fires are dangerous and damaging, but most are not aware of just how widespread they are—and how preventable. While there are no guaranteed ways to ensure a house fire will never occur, there are ways to lessen the chances.
The regularity that house fires occur is alarming—the NFPA reports that a fire is called in over twice every 60 seconds.
Because many people cook with gas stoves each day, it is logical that the number one cause of residential fires is cooking. Unfortunately, there are many other things to be wary of surrounding house fires.
Flames can spread rapidly once they begin, which is why it is best to stop them from occurring in the first place. These actions you can take to prevent house fires will keep flames from starting and growing out of control:
Battery tests for smoke detectors. It only takes a moment to test your smoke alarm batteries via the button on the unit. It is recommended that a test is performed every month.
Clearing the tray of the dryer. Though they are an everyday appliance, dryers can be a fire hazard as well. As they heat up, lint in the dryer tray can spark and catch fire if not cleared out.
Being careful of open flames. Even if a fire starts out contained, such as for cooking or heat, it can easily jump to other surfaces if the conditions are right. It is recommended to never leave open flames unattended, no matter for how short of a time.
Checking cables. Any cable that carries electricity can become a fire hazard if frayed or worn. Check cords often for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
Proper household chemical storage. A surprising amount of things under the kitchen sink can be highly flammable. Check the labels of each product for storage instructions and keep combustible materials away from heat.
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.