Preventing a House Fire in 2017

As the summer of 2017 is well underway, it is important for homeowners to be aware of the risks that come with rising temperatures and longer days. From outdoor activities and fireworks to indoor hazards, here are the most important tips to prevent fire Rockford homeowners can keep in mind.

Conduct a Fire Risk Audit

Every year, make a fire risk audit part of your annual home maintenance checklist. The best fire risk assessments go room by room to assess the potential hazards associated with the layout of your home, storage, appliances and other issues that could lead to a fire. The basement and attic are particularly high-risk areas, especially if they are unfinished. Homeowners tend to use these areas for storage, and the accumulation of furniture, boxes and debris means that fires in these areas can spread rapidly. Search the rest of the home for signs of faulty wiring and improperly connected appliances and equipment. Also take care to check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to ensure that they are properly installed and replace the batteries as indicated by your system.

Upgrade Old Appliances

From ancient water heaters to refrigerators with damaged wiring, old or faulty appliances can pose a serious fire hazard. While replacing or repairing these appliances may require an upfront investment, this step can help minimize the risk of a home fire and save big on restoration costs in the long run. Also check electrical decorations, such as hanging lamps and Christmas decorations, for any shorts in their wiring.

Avoid Overloading Power Strips

Overloading power strips and outlets is a leading cause of fires in the home. Avoid plugging more than one power strip into an outlet, and never connect multiple power strips. Also remember to avoid plugging appliances such as air conditioners and heaters into power strips, as a single medium-to-large appliance is often enough to overload a strip meant for computers and small electrical items.

Schedule an Inspection

An annual inspection is a great way to address any issues or concerns you may have after conducting a fire risk assessment on your own. Professional inspectors can tell you if there are any threats to your home's fire safety that need addressing.

Home Fire Prevention and Restoration

If your home has been damaged in a fire, Leaders in Disaster Restoration can help. We have decades of experience in home fire restoration and remediation, and we will help you develop a comprehensive plan to address the damage to your property at a reasonable rate. Call today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on scheduling your consultation. We offer a zero-pressure consultation and estimate to help you get a better idea of the options available to you after a fire.
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