A house fire feels like something that could never happen to you, until it does. The U.S. National Fire Administration reported that in just one year, house fires caused about 3,000 deaths, 15,000 injuries and $11.6 billion in damage. While some house fires are caused by things beyond our control, a lot of those fires are easily preventable. In addition to having a smoke alarm on each floor, and preferably in each bedroom, there are a several things you can do to make sure the tragedy of a fire never affects your home.
The number one threat for fire comes from your kitchen. Cooking while distracted, especially on a stove top, can lead to burnt food which can turn into a very harmful fire. Stand by your food and be sure to watch it carefully. A watched pot may take longer to boil, but we’d rather you didn’t multi-task when something so important is at stake.
Smoking is very dangerous when it comes to house fires. A cigarette that’s lit inside can easily catch on fabric or another combustible item. The inside of your home is extremely flammable, so if there’s a smoker in the house, ask them to take it outside.
Electrical fires are a serious matter and, with all the electronics there are these days, it could happen to anyone. Frayed or cracked cords can send out sparks, catching items in your home on fire. Same goes for heaters. Heaters that are near flammable items can be incredibly dangerous. Be sure to do an electronics check up now and again. Keep heaters and cords away from draperies, pets, and anything else that sparks could land on.
Believe it or not, your dryer could be putting you at huge risk for a house fire without even realizing. Always clean the lint out of the filter or screen before putting a new load in. Lint can build up in lesser checked places as well.
The dryer vent and exhaust duct should also be cleaned periodically to avoid a huge fire risk. This is a job best left to the professionals, like our friends at Servpro. They will come out and clean your vents and check your dryer for any fire hazards. Take advantage of this wonderful offer from SERVPRO of Northeast Mecklenburg Co. and enjoy 50% OFF HVAC Duct Cleaning for a limited time. Don’t forget to mention us for your discount!