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Reduce the Risk of Fires With These Simple Procedures | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

House fires occur every year in the United States. This year, the American Red Cross has already responded to almost 20,000 house fires. Protecting your house and loved ones is critical, especially when the numbers are anticipated to rise.

Clutter is one contributing factor that causes house fires spread easily throughout the residence, with each item adding to the fire’s growth. Utilize these cleaning methods in your Forsyth County home to effectively prevent hazardous fires:

Clear the Clutter

Small clutter can quickly become overwhelming—what begins as a small pile of clothes can quickly evolve into a mountain of clothes! Untidy homes pose far more dangers than you might imagine, since heaps of clothes or blankets can obstruct exits and entryways. They can also obstruct the circulation of space heaters and water heaters, posing a significant fire risk.

Water heaters require proper ventilation and anything that obstructs it can cause a fire. Keep blankets, garments and towels away from the water heater. These items are flammable, which would worsen a water heater fire.

Make sure to keep rugs, furniture and curtains away from space heaters as well. Some people make the mistake of putting these objects too close to heaters, which causes a fire to ignite when the heaters get too hot.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

To control wildfires, California has created defensible space zones, a successful approach for keeping outside fires at bay. While our risk of wildfire is lower here in North Carolina, strategic landscaping is still an effective fire prevention method.

A well-kept yard with a proper layout works as a barrier against outside fires. Getting rid of any stray branches or weeds in your yard will prevent flames from spreading if one does break out. Trim any overgrown branches from trees and your grass regularly.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

When it comes to fire safety, remember the importance of keeping your home and yard clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of your home is a useful practice of fire prevention. Small duties around the house, such as dusting, go a long way.

Pay attention to the distinct hazards that each room presents, such as the kitchen. Fires can start quickly here, so keep your appliances, such as your oven, stovetop and toaster, clear of grease and food particles.

Preventing a fire in your home begins with cleaning up the inside and outside of your home. Cleaning isn’t a chore when it comes to the safety of you and the people you live with—it’s a necessity.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today at 336-946-1131. We’re here to act fast, 247.

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