Having a fire in your home or building is always a tragic and frightening experience to go through. Most people know what to do in the moment when fire happens: get out, stay out and get help. But oftentimes individuals do not know what to do to prevent fire or what to do after a fire has happened. Fires are often unexpected but fortunately avoidable disasters. Here are several tips for preventing fires and for being prepared for fires in your building or home.
Check Your Fire Alarms
One of the more important tips for preventing fire is to check your fire alarms on a regular basis. If you hear the alarm, you and your family will be able to get out quicker, so it protects your safety. But also there will be more of a chance that you can call the fire fighters quicker meaning that they may be able to save more of your possessions and better protect your building. Press the button on the fire alarm. After a few seconds an extremely loud noise will emanate from the alarm. If this does not happen, change the batteries.
Keep Flammable Things Protected
There are many different things that could be in your house that are easily flammable. Keep grass clipping, branches you have cut down and other yard waste away from your house especially if they will quickly become dry. Hand sanitizer, nail polish and alcohol should be kept in fire safe places and used with caution around open flames. In the kitchen, make sure to keep oils and pans out of the reach of children and use caution when cooking.
Educate Yourself And Others
One of the best ways to protect yourself and your property from fire is to make sure that you have the proper fire education. Make sure that your family, friends or others that will be in your home or building know what to do in the event of a fire. Everyone should know where to go to escape the building in case of a fire. Having the proper fire safety equipment in your home is also very important.
When using flames or heat, be very cautious. Most house fires start in the kitchen, so be attentive when you are using the stove, grill or oven. Be sure to keep an eye on younger family members when they are in the kitchen. Fireplaces and stoves are the second leading cause of fires. Also use caution when using beauty products such as curling and flat irons. Lastly, keep an eye on pets to verify that they do not knock over things that could start fires such as lamps, kitchen appliances and birthday candles.
What To Do After There Has Been A Fire
Even with all these preventative measures, mistakes sometimes still happen. When a fire happens, it can be hard to know what to do. But what is even harder sometimes is knowing what to do after a fire. After you have gotten in contact with the fire department, it is important to find a place to stay. Contact your insurance company and get a report of the fire from the fire/police department. Make sure to take care of your mental health and that of your family/employees. Another good thing to do would be to call restoration professionals. Fire restoration includes replacing and repairing your home and removing smoke damage to prevent future smoke inhalation.
Want More Tips For Preventing Fire or Restoration Services?
Here at Sawyer Restoration, we understand that mistakes happen. Disasters can be hard to predict, but we are here for you when you are blind-sided. Let us know if you have questions about how to protect yourself and your family from different disasters. For more information about our services and more tips for preventing fire contact us today!