Avert Fire Damage with Preparation and Detectors
SERVPRO Suggests Ways to Prevent Fire Damage from Becoming Excessive
Thousands of Americans perish or are burned and injured in house fires every single year. Many of these fires were preventable, making the fatalities that much worse to accept. One of the best ways to tackle fire damage is to combat it before it ever occurs. The best defense is a good offense, take some easy and inexpensive steps to save the valuables in your home which not only include material things but the lives of those living under its roof.
Fire damage in Nashville may often be unavoidable to homeowners; however, there are preventative measures and methods you can take to avoid smoke and fire damage from devastating your home. We at SERVPRO don’t want to see your home, belongings, or memories go up in flames if you can prevent it.
Preventing Fire Damage
Preventing a fire from breaking out is a lot simpler, cheaper, and easier than most homeowners think. Don't wait for a disaster to strike; avoid all of the headache and heartache by following some of the tips below.
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Having a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in one’s home is one of the best ways of preventing a devastating fire from taking place. It is recommended that homeowners place smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of each bedroom. During sleeping hours, it is especially important to have fire detectors nearby to alert sleeping inhabitants to danger. There are two different types of detectors: photoelectric and ionization, and it is best to have both of them in your home, as they work in a variety of ways. Test each detector once a month and change the batteries once a year. This cheap upkeep can save lives if you are willing to commit just a moment each month to do so.
Carbon Monoxide alarms are great assets in homes that use gas. Carbon monoxide emits no odor and cannot be seen Preventing leaks from this very toxic and potentially deadly gas is crucial. Make sure you have properly installed carbon monoxide alarms. They are less expensive and higher tech than ever and can save your life.
Once you have been alerted to smoke or fire in your home, you can keep damage to a minimum or avoid it completely by having a fire extinguisher at the ready. Every home is advised to have a fire extinguisher for safety, but how many actually do?
Easy to use, inexpensive, and potentially life-saving, perhaps you should be thinking more about acting and getting a unit for your home. They come in many different sizes, from large, medium, to smaller, handheld options. Having a fire extinguisher can truly be a lifesaver for families with children, the elderly, and the disabled, who can quickly take action.
The best places to keep them are in your kitchen and garage (if you have one). The best kind to get for in-home use are labeled “ABC” or “BC.” These extinguishers are useful for small fires because they work for just a short time. Make sure you learn how to use it when you purchase one so that you are not surprised at the worst time.
While many homeowners may not find this option feasible for monetary reasons or time constraints they can protect property, but can also leave a mess. If you are having a new home built or are fixing up an old one, consider adding a sprinkler system to the ceiling of your home in areas suggested by a contractor or fire expert.
Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 the moment you have experienced an unfortunate fire event. Our fire damage specialists can answer all of your questions, respond swiftly to your emergency, and offer you peace of mind.