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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Fires in The Home | SERVPRO® of Lancaster
A Fireman Tries to Prevent the Spread of a Large Inferno.
- Never leave a flame unattended
This is by far the most important of all these tips. The two largest sources of residential fires in the U.S. are from candles and cooking accidents. Always be aware of open flames. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to spread rapidly from an unattended flame.
- Keep a candle at minimum 12 inches away from flammable objects
- Blow out unattended candles and turn off an unattended stovetop
- Ensure a candle is sturdy or in a candle holder which will not fall down
- Watch your electronics!
As consumers we place a lot of trust and faith into the functionality and safety of our electronics. The reality is that there can be defects and inherent safety risks with our electronics. Therefore, keep this in mind:
- Never plug in devices with damaged or frayed cords
- Consider having a certified electrician perform an annual evaluation of your home’s wiring
- Use your senses. If an outlet or device looks burnt or damaged or there is an odor of burning plastic or unsavory smell coming from an appliance, remove the device immediately and consult the manufacturer.
- Keep furniture and flammable materials away from heaters
Seemingly harmless heating tools such as a curling iron, hair dryer, or a space heater can still cause fires when left on for too long in close proximity to flammable sources. Some helpful tips to prevent fires from heating appliances are:
- Turn off your space heater when not in use
- At a minimum keep heating elements three feet away from flammable objects
- Never use an oven to warm your house
- Test your smoke detectors
One of the most practical tips to protect you and your family from fires is to ensure that your smoke detectors are functional. Be sure to test your devices monthly and also replace the batteries as soon as the low battery alert begins or once a year. Furthermore, place smoke detectors on every floor, including the basement. Finally, replace your smoke detectors every 10 years or earlier.
- Keep fire extinguishers readily available
Fires can happen rather suddenly, and one must be prepared to deal with it before it gets out of control. There are several things to keep in mind with fire extinguishers.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in each area of the house which may pose a fire risk
- Ensure that the members of the family know how to use a fire extinguisher
- If a fire cannot be contained via fire extinguisher call 911 and grab your loved ones and leave your residence as soon as possible
Smoke Detectors: Your First Line of Defense | SERVPRO® of Lancaster
A Smoke Detector is a Necessity to Keep You and Your Family Safe
Smoke detectors can often give homeowners the first alert of a fire within the home. When they are properly installed and functioning, they can help to protect your property, belongings, and most importantly your loved ones. While every fire cannot be prevented smoke detectors can help you to minimize the damage and protect yourself and those around you. Therefore, it is important to know how to install, monitor, and replace smoke detectors as need be.
Know Where to Install
One of the most important parts of installation of smoke detectors is to place them in the correct parts of the house. The National Fire Protection Association recommends placing smoke alarms on every floor of your home including the basement, inside and outside every sleeping area, and in high risk areas such as the kitchen, laundry room, and boiler area.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Choose a smoke detector that is certified by a recognized testing laboratory and not just the cheapest one online. You should also install the smoke detector at least 10 feet away from the stove and large cooking appliances to save you the pain and deafening beeping of a false alarm. Ensure that your smoke alarms all work together as well so that should an alert go off in the basement everyone in the house is aware. Most smoke detectors have wireless connection methods nowadays, otherwise you could contact an electrician or look up how to hardwire them online. Furthermore, there are two different types of smoke detectors: Ionization and photoelectric. Ionization excels in detecting high heat and flaring fires whereas photoelectric are better suited for low heat and smoldering fires. Both of these should be utilized throughout the home for the best coverage and protection.
Know When to Replace
The vast majority of smoke detectors are designed with an internal non replaceable battery that lasts around 10 years. If your smoke detector is chirping this is a sign of a low battery and should be replaced as soon as possible. You should test all the smoke alarms in your home once every month using the test button on the detector. Furthermore, follow the instructions and manual that came with your smoke detector to clean it and ensure it does not get clogged up with dust or other contaminants which may hamper its ability to detect and alert to fires.
Experienced Fire Damage?
The reality is that even with fully functioning and interconnected smoke detectors, fires can and do unexpectedly happen. The most important thing is that you and your loved ones are safe. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and tools needed to properly mitigate and restore fire damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to Grill Safely | SERVPRO® of Lancaster
Grilling can be a great deal of fun and delicious but can also cause property damage or personal harm.
How to Grill Safely | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Grilling is a wonderful pastime and a tradition for many households across the United States during holidays, sporting events, and the occasional weekend barbeque. Nevertheless, many fires are started due to faulty grills, user error, or a freak accident. There are several things to keep in mind so you can safely enjoy grilling and the delicious food afterwards.
The most important thing to ensure is that you are grilling outside and not in a garage or somewhere that could potentially burn down easily. Grilling indoors also exposes one to carbon monoxide which is deadly and is odorless and cannot be seen. When grilling outside, the grill should be at least 10 feet away from the base of the structure which you are grilling near. This should give you enough room to deal with a flare up or piece of charcoal that flies away.
Clean Your Grill Frequently
Not only will this help you to have a better grilling experience overall, it will also prevent dangerous flare ups from accumulated grease and fat. This is one of the most important things to do as it is so easy for flames to build up and quickly overwhelm an old greasy grill and spread to things such as a deck, nearby chair, or the exterior of the home.
Know Your Grill
There are both gas and charcoal grills. Make sure you know how your grill operates and ensure that you do occasional maintenance and examine that it is functioning properly. A big concern with gas grills is whether they have any leaks which could build up pressure and cause an explosive fireball. The easiest way to test for leaks is to make a one-part soap one-part water mixture then drip it on the hose and connections and then turn on the gas. If you notice large bubbles forming, you have a gas leak and should turn off the gas and replace the hose or connection points. Additionally, you should never use the gas feature when the grill top is closed as this could cause an unnecessary rise in pressure and an unintentional fireball.
Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby your grill so that if the need arises you can quickly and effectively stop a fire. If for some reason the fire cannot be contained call 911 and remove yourself and any other people from the premise.
If you happen to experience fire damage as a result of a grill fire, Give the experts over at SERVPRO® of Lancaster a call at (661) 723-7141.
The Importance of Proper Fire Damage Cleanup
There are some homeowners who are afraid to open claims on their homes when they have had damage due to the possible increase in their premiums. There are also homeowners who don’t have any homeowners’ insurance that covers fire damage. Instead of hiring a professional, they try to deal with the cleanup themselves. Often, more costly issues arise, and the homeowner calls a professional anyways. We can’t stress enough the importance of getting your insurance company involved; they can help you when you’re really in a bind, and often will recommend a company to help you mitigate the damages.
SERVPRO’s estimating method can help you determine whether you need to file a claim to deal with fire damage in your Lancaster home.
What is involved in fire damage cleanup?
We look at every special circumstance when getting ready to mitigate fire cleanup in a home. How severe was the fire? Was it isolated to one room? Is the roof intact? How much soot damage is there? Do we need to involve HVAC/duct cleaning? Click here to learn detailed information on how we put together a scope of fire damage restoration work.
Fire Damage in the Lancaster Area
Fire damage near Lancaster
Several states, California included, are on fire due to natural and man-made causes. Regardless, fire doesn’t discriminate and it has its own personality. There are, however, things you can do when you experience fire damage in the Lancaster area. SERVPRO of Lancaster is your local fire damage restoration company. We don’t hope for you to have to call us, but we are ready if you do.
Our responsibility to you
Not having answers when you’ve had a major disaster happen, especially if you’ve never had to deal with it, can be extremely overwhelming. You don’t know what to do, what you shouldn’t do, or who to call. As soon as you contact us, we can be at your residence within 4 hours to begin the mitigation process. This way, the damage is handled quickly before it either spreads or becomes harder to remove. Learn more about our fire damage process here.
Get all the answers and immediate help when you give our office a call. Our technicians respond at any time during an emergency; fire damage doesn’t sleep so neither do we. We strive to make the fire damage disappear, “Like it never even happened.”