Dangerous Myths about Household Fires

Dangerous MythsHome fires can lead to thousands of dollars in damage and pose a serious safety risk to you and your family. The best way to deal with a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place, but these myths often get in the way of proper home fire safety practices.

Myth #1: Inspecting Appliances Isn't Important

Appliances should be inspected regularly to ensure that they meet current safety standards. Outdated wiring in old HVAC units can lead to an increased risk of home fires. Be especially cautious with appliances that were already in your home when it was purchased. Keeping thorough records of appliance inspections is the best way to stay up to date and aware of any fire hazards present in your home.

Myth #2: All You Need Is a Smoke Alarm

While smoke alarms are important components of your home fire prevention system, they are only part of the equation. Carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler systems that are integrated throughout your household are equally important when it comes to keeping your home and your family safe.

Myth #3: Anything Can Go in an Outlet

As the weather grows colder, many homeowners make the mistake of plugging portable heaters into standard power strips. Not all electrical outlets or power strips were designed to handle these appliances, so it is important to plug any medium- or large-sized heating devices directly into an outlet that is properly equipped. Overloading a power strip or plugging one power strip into another can easily result in a fire.

Myth #4: New Houses Aren't Fire Risks

While many older homes were built during a time when building codes were not as strict as they are now, newer homes pose their own fire risks. Homes that have been built recently often contain a higher percentage of synthetic materials as opposed to natural lumber. Synthetic materials are significantly more flammable than many older building materials. In older homes, the biggest fire hazard is typically an outdated electrical system. Before buying an old home, have it thoroughly inspected for faulty electrical wiring to reduce the risk of a fire.

Myth #5: Electric Decorations Don't Need to Be Replaced

The holidays are a busy time of year full of festivities and decorations, but many homeowners make the costly mistake of using Christmas lights and other electric decorations that are damaged or outdated. Be sure to closely inspect those Christmas lights that have been sitting in your attic all year before plugging them in and hanging them on the tree. Even a small short in a wire can cause a fire, leading to major damage. Regularly replace old lights and decorations each year to keep decorating costs low and reduce the chances of an electrical fire. If your property has been damaged in a fire, Leaders in Disaster Restoration is available to provide fire damage restoration Janesville or Rockford homeowners can trust. Call today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on restoring your property after fire or water damage.
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