Fire kills or injures thousands each year, many of which may have been prevented by following a few simple steps.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) April 13, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of fire and water damage restoration in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on protecting their home from damage by fire. Fire kills or injures thousands each year, many of which may have been prevented by following a few simple steps.
Kitchens should be kept clean and with no clutter. Be careful when cooking and do not lave pots or pans unattended. Make sure all gas is turned off when not in use.
Space heaters should be kept three feet away from any flammable items such as curtains or drapes. They should not be left unattended or burning overnight.
A sizeable percentage of fires are started by people smoking in bed. Use large ashtrays that won’t tip over, and soak all butts before dumping them in the trash. Likewise, keep matches and lighters in a high place, out of the reach of children.
Keep electrical cords out of walking paths, and refrain from pinching them up or stretching them around corners. Worn out and frayed wiring should be replaced to avoid the threat of shorting out.
Candles should be extinguished when leaving the room or retiring for the evening. Fires in fireplaces should be put out and not left alone until all ashes and embers have burnt out. Lint in drying machines should be removed, since it may be ignited by the heat generated, creating a fire problem.
Install smoke alarms on each floor of the home, as well as in close proximity to all sleeping areas. All family members should know what that alarm sounds like, and it should be tested a couple of times each year. Replace batteries every six months, and replace any alarm that is more than ten years old.
Have a fire escape plan, make sure everyone knows it, and have a place outside to meet. Practice the drill every few months or so to keep it fresh.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of fire and water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.