Fire Safety Tips For Every Homeowner
Studies show that American households experience over 350,000 residential house fires every year. These fires often result in injuries, major property damage, and other serious challenges. Keeping your home and your loved ones as safe as possible is important to you as a homeowner, we know, so with that in mind we decided to share some fire safety tips that every homeowner can use:
Install good quality smoke alarms in your home; using a professional installation company will ensure that these alarms are the appropriate type for your space and that they are put in the right areas for maximum safety. Carbon Monoxide alarms are good to have in your home, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and such an alarm can also let you know if a fire has started. There are remote monitors available today to let you know if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.
Be sure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone in the home where it is and how to use it, and make sure to keep it in good repair year-round.
Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. Your HVAC unit should be looked over at this point as well. Employ a professional for these tasks.
Have an escape plan for your family, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Second-story homes should have an escape ladder onsite in case of fire or other emergency situations.
During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials whenever available to maximum fire safety in your home. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your home fire safe.
The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is available anytime to help with fire safety. Our focus is to assist you with home or commercial clean-up after fire damage, water damage, biohazards, and other disasters - both small and large. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.