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Preventing House Fires and Fire Damage          

October 2, 2020

October is Fire Prevention Month, so it seems fitting that we should take a little time to discuss ways that you can protect your home and business from damage caused by a fire. As a disaster restoration service company, we know what the aftermath of a fire can do to a family or a business. We hope that a little bit of knowledge and an “ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.” 

Fire Statistics

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2019, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires. These fires caused roughly 3,700 civilian deaths and 16,600 reported civilian fire injuries. 

The property damage from these fires was estimated at $14.8 billion. On average, a fire department responded to a fire somewhere in the US every 24 seconds in 2019. A home structure fire was reported every 93 seconds, a home fire death occurred every three hours and 10 minutes, and a home fire injury occurred every 43 minutes. 

These are scary statistics to think about. The property damage can be measured in billions rather than millions. This is nothing compared to the potential of losing a loved one in a fire. 

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Fire Damage 

Fire damage can come in the form of smell, dirt, smoke, fire, and the subsequent water used to put out the fire. In the case of a fire, the most obvious thing homeowners or business owners are likely to notice is that items have been burned leading to them being destroyed. This can ruin everything within the walls of the structure as well as the structure itself. 

Fire damage comes in other forms as well. The odor and stains caused by a burning building can be quite the challenge to remove. Our fire damage restoration services can move throughout the home to sanitize and restore the items that can be utilized again. This process can include deep cleaning as well as carpet and surface cleaning with industrial equipment. 

Water damage is also another consequence of a structure fire. The water used to douse the fire will likely damage the furnishing, walls, insulation, and a host of other possessions both in the area of the fire and in the rooms nearby. Water damage restoration including water extraction, dehumidifiers, industrial fans, structural drying, and deodorization can be used to restore the building. 

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Fire Prevention 

Both business owners and homeowners should take a few precautions to prevent a fire from claiming their home or workplace. Here are a few tips to ensure fire prevention. 

  • Check fire extinguishers annually and replace expired extinguishers.
  • Check and change the batteries on smoke detectors twice a year.
  • Never leave an open flame including a fireplace, grill, or candle.
  • Keep all flammables away from open flames or space heaters. 
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet. 
  • Institute a no smoking rule in the house. If that is not possible, make sure that all smoking paraphernalia is extinguished completely. 
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. 

Do you need fire restoration services? Call Pro-Care Disaster Restoration Services or check out our website. 

 

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