How to Prevent Fire Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Greater Waco
Your home is the place where you feel most comfortable, which is why it’s important to take steps to protect it from all types of risks, including the potential for fire damage. Fire accidents can cause devastating damage and losses that can often be prevented by implementing a few preventive measures at home.
If you’ve been the victim of a fire incident, know that we can help! Our team of professionals at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco are always a phone call away for fire damage restoration and repair services.
Our technicians have the training, equipment and expertise necessary to handle fire damage restoration jobs of all sizes! When you need a helping hand, we’ve got your back.
Now that you know what to do in the aftermath of a fire, here’s what you can do to prepare. These are some critical steps you can take to safeguard your home and protect your family:
Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are the first line of defense against fires. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and near kitchens.
Regularly test and replace the batteries at least twice a year. Early detection is key!
Practice Safe Cooking Habits
Cooking-related incidents are a common cause of home fires. Never leave your stove, oven or other appliance unattended, and keep flammable items, such as dish towels and rags, away from the stove.
In the event of a grease fire, smother it with a lid or a damp cloth. Many people don’t realize that using water can actually exacerbate flames.
Check Electrical Appliances
Inspect electrical cords for signs of fraying and replace damaged ones right away.
Avoid overloading outlets, and use power strips with surge protectors. Lastly, remember to unplug appliances when not in use!
Create an Evacuation Plan
Develop a fire escape plan with your family and practice it regularly. Identify easily accessible escape routes and designate a meeting point outside the house.
Make sure everyone knows how to call emergency services once they’ve safely made it outside the house.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Regularly clean and maintain your HVAC system to stay safe at home and prevent possible fires! Clogged filters and ducts can increase the risk of fire, especially if dust and debris buildup near any electrical components.
Call a Professional for Fire Damage Restoration
Despite our best intentions and safe practices, accidents can still happen! In the event of a fire, remember that everything in your home is replaceable except for people and act accordingly.
In the aftermath, we can help you restore any structural damage as well as remove soot, smoke residue, and other odors from the site.
When you need fire damage restoration services in the Greater Waco area, contact us for help!