Preventing a fire within your home is one of the most important measures you can take as a homeowner. In Wichita, Stover’s Restoration has seen a number of fire disasters that could have been prevented with a few cautionary steps. Fires are always dangerous and have the potential to demolish homes in a very short amount of time. Take the extra steps necessary today to keep your home fire damage free. Here are 5 helpful tips in preventing home fires.
Check Your Smoke Alarms On A Routine Basis
Smoke alarms are 100% necessary and can save your life if a fire breaks out in your home. Make sure to replace the batteries often and test the alarms regularly so that you know that they will work for you.
Keep The Stove And Oven Clean
Spills and leaks on the stovetop or inside the oven can cause major fire risks. Grease fires are the cause of a large number of housefires that could be prevented with a little extra time and attention. Don’t put off wiping up the grease that haas spilled while cooking. Take a few extra minutes to make sure the appliance is clean and ready for use the next time.
Unclog Dryer Vents
Cleaning the lint out of lint traps on a dryer and making sure the dryer vents are cleaned regularly can help a lot. The smallest spark can cause the lint to burst into flames. Keep good habits with dryer cleanliness and make sure the vent is cleaned and the ducts are unclogged.
Safely Store Flammable Liquids
Flammable liquids like kerosene, gasoline, and aerosol cans (just to name a few) are a serious fire hazard if not properly stored. Even just a few drops of one of these liquids outside of their containers can easily catch fire from a spark. It’s also important to safely store such liquids so they are out of the reach of children. It’s best to keep them in a high, locked cabinet if you can.
Keep Fire Extinguishers On Hand
Fire extinguishers are extremely helpful and can keep a small fire from turning into a large fire. To be extra prepared, keep more than one fire extinguisher on hand and in easy to reach places. Don’t be afraid to teach everyone in the house how to use the fire extinguisher and create a plan for if a fire breaksout.
Hopefully, these tips help keep you safe and your home free from the need for fire damage restoration. Nonetheless, if your home is ever affected by a fire, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Stover’s Restoration in Wichita for help. You can also download our helpful House Fire Checklist.