Keep Your Dutchess County House as Protected as Possible From Fires | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
While going through a traumatic event such as a house fire is not on anyone’s agenda, making sure you are taking steps to prevent one from occurring is so important. Once started, fires can spread through the home rapidly and cause significant damage, which is why we advocate for people to practice prevention as much as possible.
Taking steps to prevent a house fire is something everyone can do through their daily actions. Simple safety tips and precautions go a long way in making sure your home and your family are as safe as can be.
Make Sure Your Family is Safe From House Fires
Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors installed in your home are one of the most important ways to receive alerts in the event that a fire is started. Detectors should be in every sleeping area and on every level of your home, and checked monthly to make sure they are still operational. Generally, you will want to replace your unit every 10 years, but check the manufacturer’s guidelines to be sure.
In the case of hardwired detectors, make sure they have a battery backup in the event of power loss.
Create a fire escape plan. Being able to escape in less than two minutes after an alarm sounds is so important for staying safe. It is wise to formulate an evacuation plan with your family, including two exits from each room, and rehearse it regularly so the protocol is fresh in everyone’s minds at all times.
Limit your fire risks. The actions you take every day have a big impact on your overall fire risk, too. Small things like keeping flammable objects on the counters while cooking, not staying in the room while a candle is burning and plugging too many things into an outlet can drastically increase the chances that a fire will break out at some point.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While you should only use a fire extinguisher if it is safe to do so, having one handy can make all the difference because of how quickly flare-ups can turn disastrous. Any time you are dealing with an open flame, it is recommended that you keep a fire extinguisher nearby so you can use it quickly should the need arise.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.