How to Prevent Fire Damage

Taking extra steps in order to prevent fire damage is something we highly recommend to our clients. At Procare Restoration, while we hope people don’t have to use our fire damage services, we understand that accidents and misfortune can happen. That is why we offer the best service available to make your mind more at ease knowing your home will be back to normal as soon as possible.

With that said, we encourage each and every home owner to diligently and properly check their home for any fire damage hazards. In order to prevent fire damage you must take the cautionary steps so that our services are not needed. We believe that if you follow these helpful tips, you can better avoid dealing with recovering from pyro problems.

Here’s how to prevent fire damage

Smoke Detectors

While it’s a law to have a smoke detector in your home, it’s solely up to you to make sure it is up to date and running. Having a properly functioning smoke detector is your first line of defense in detecting fires before it gets out of hand.

This early detection of smoke can save your home from further ruin and more importantly, your loved ones from further or potential harm. When testing your smoke detector and where it should be, here are some things to consider:

-don’t install close to windows or doors

-don’t install near fan or vent

-should be placed near center of the room, hall, or staircase

-change batteries every fall

-test smoke detectors at least twice a year

Have a plan

This one is fairly obvious and yet highly important. Often times people don’t have a fire safety plan in place incase an emergency occurs. In the event of a fire, you must have a solid plan of how to take action so that everyone can leave the home quickly and safely.

So while it’s important to try and prevent fire damage, it’s equally as important to have an evacuation plan for you and your family. This can also include a safe meeting place away from your house. For example, you can meet down the street at a meeting point like a fire hydrant or specific streetlight.

Fire Proof Your House

Fire proofing your home is another simple measure you can take to reduce your risk of fatal home damage. For starters, if you tend to smoke in your house, this is a habit we would strongly recommend changing.

Not only is it detrimental you and your family’s health, it is an unnecessary risk to add. We implore you to at the very least go to your garage to smoke, and even then make sure there are vents and nothing flammable around.

When cooking in the kitchen, there are plenty of ways that a small misstep can turn into a large fire or smoke problem. When cooking on the stovetop, make sure to always have the fan on. This prevents smoke from entering the rest of your home and getting in the smoke detector.

Another word of caution when cooking to ensure there is nothing flammable in the nearby vicinity of your cooking space.

Lastly, make sure you know how to properly put out a grease or pan fire. Many people’s first tendency is to pour water on the fire to stop it. There is something you should NEVER do! Pouring water on a grease fire will only agitate it and cause it to get worse. Instead, cover the fire with another pan or cover top to smother the flames.

When it comes serious issues like how to prevent fire damage, please take extra steps to be fully ready. It is not an issue you would want look in hindsight about. However, if you find yourself with fire damage, call Procare Restoration to receive the best and most thorough service in the Chicagoland area.

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