3 Fire Prevention Tips
Fires can be both destructive and stressful. While some fires are out of your control, in many cases they can be prevented. As fire damage cleanup experts, we’ve seen countless fires and have learned some ways to prevent them.
- Keep heat sources away from flammable objects. Especially in the winter, we often hear about space heaters or candles that start destructive fires. In nearly all cases, these objects were left too close to flammable objects. It’s recommended that you keep these objects at least 3 feet apart!
- Never smoke indoors. Although we are not advocating for smoking in the first place, if you do smoke, never do so indoors. In fact, smoking-related fires were the leading cause of home fire deaths from 2012-2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Regardless, you should always dispose of smoking materials in water and ensure it is no longer lit.
- Replace frayed wires. While many people tend to use wires until they stop functioning, it’s important to address any signs of fraying. Heat from exposed wires have the potential to start a fire, so be sure to replace them as necessary.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Due to the physical and emotional costs a fire can create, being aware of how to prevent fires is important. But if you do have a fire, know that SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is here!