Top 14 Tips for Preventing House Fires

Living through a house fire isn’t something you want to mark off your list of memorable life experiences. Even small home fires can progress quickly, and the damage from flames, smoke and toxic gases can destroy everything you own and threaten the lives of everyone in your household. For everyone involved, avoiding fire damage is much better than repairing the destruction it wreaks. The following tips can help you reduce your risk of experiencing a house fire. To make your home a safer place, share them with all of your household members.

Essential Home Fire Prevention Tips

  1. Install smoke alarms on each level of your home. Test them every month to ensure that they’re working properly and their batteries are still good.
  1. Develop a fire escape plan with your family, and conduct a fire drill at least twice a year.
  1. Place space heaters at least three feet away from walls and any flammable materials. Always supervise children and pets when heaters are in operation.
  1. If you store gasoline or other flammable liquids, be sure that they’re out of reach and in a childproof container.
  1. Avoid plugging multiple electric appliances into the same electrical outlet.
  1. Never leave a hot oven or stove top unattended. Remain in the kitchen while stove burners, ovens and other cooking appliances are in operation.
  1. Keep dish towels, wooden or plastic utensils and any other flammable items away from your stove top.
  1. Don’t wear long sleeves or loose clothing while cooking.
  1. Keep a working fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  1. Never leave lit candles or fireplaces unattended. Remain awake while they’re in use, and keep pets and children away from them.
  1. Have all electrical repairs and installations completed by a qualified electrician.
  1. If electrical outlets become warm or discolored or you notice a burning smell, cut off power to the area. Seek advice from emergency services immediately.
  1. Never smoke in bed or leave lit cigarettes unattended.
  1. If a fire occurs, get out of the house immediately. Call for help, and don’t reenter your home until it’s safe to do so.

If It’s Too Late to Prevent Fire, Call Paul Davis

Unfortunately, no prevention plan is foolproof. Thousands of homes suffer fire, smoke and soot damage every year. At Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, fire damage restoration is one of our specialties. We’ve helped homeowners salvage their possessions and reclaim their lives after home fires for more than 40 years. Our prompt and comprehensive services include soot clean-up, odor removal, water extraction, mold prevention, reconstruction, assistance with insurance claims and much more, and it all comes with the expertise and understanding you need during a major disaster. If you’ve recently experienced a home fire, visit us online to learn how we can help.