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At Home Damage Response, we understand the devastating impact that a house fire can have on both your home and your lives. Our Fire Safety guide aims to provide you with information to help to prevent fires in your home as well as giving practical fire safety tips to prepare your home should a fire ever break out.

Proactive Fire Safety Measures

There are many common reasons that fires break out within the home and many of these are completely avoidable. By understanding the reasons for fires within the home, you can take the relevant steps required to minimize the risk of fire and protect your home and your family.

Immediate Assistance and Expert Fire Safety Guidance

When a fire has caused destruction to your home, the aftermath can be devastating, which is why we are available 24/7 with immediate assistance. We can provide advice on fire safety measures and preparedness as well as a hassle free quote to restore your fire damaged property. Although we do not replace the advice of a fire department, we do aim to provide you with fire safety guidance which could help to prevent any further damage to your home following a fire.

Call (866) 899 5969 for expert fire safety guidance and immediate support.

Fire Safety Tips

Understanding Fire Hazards

In order to prevent a fire from occurring in your home it’s important to have a basic understanding of potential fire hazards. Here we provide just a few common examples of hazards within the home that can lead to fires:

  • Electrical Faults: Faulty electrics are a common cause for fires within the home and can be easily avoided with regular electrical inspections and basic maintenance. Some Faulty electrics can include things like faulty wiring or damaged appliances.
  • Kitchen Accidents: An obvious fire hazard is an open flame which is why its important to remain vigilant when cooking. Often times, house fires arise from leaving flammable items near the stove or leaving stoves unattended. Ensuring your cooking area is clean and remaining vigilant while cooking can help to reduce the risk of cooking related fires from occurring.
  • Heating Systems: If heating systems are not regularly maintained then there is a heightened risk of a fire breaking out, this can include furnaces and fireplaces, along with space heaters.
  • Smoking: If not disposed of properly, the open flame of a cigarette or matches can have devastating consequences.
  • Natural Disasters: If you live in a wildfire high risk area, you can research effective fire resistant landscaping and preparedness plans so that you are more prepared should a natural disaster cause a fire near you.
  • Chemical Substances: Chemicals can be highly flammable and so its important that you store any flammable substances properly as per the manufacturing guidelines.
  • Candles and Open Flames: Although candles can be found in most homes, when unattended, candles and open flames can lead to fires. Decorative lights are also well known to cause fires within the home and so it’s important not to leave any open flame unattended and to turn off decorative lights when not in use.
  • Arson: Although arson is a deliberate act of starting a fire, you can remain vigilant if you see any suspicious activity.

These are just a small number of common causes of household fires, most of which can be reduced or easily avoided by taking simple steps. It’s important to be aware, remain responsible and be vigilant when it comes to electrics, open flames and flammable objects.

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Reducing Fire Risks

There are many preventative steps that you can take to reduce the risk of fire outbreaks, some of these you might have implemented already. We list a few key points below to help you to reduce the risk of fire in your home:

  • Smoke Alarms: One of the most common detection devices is a smoke alarm. These should be regularly maintained to ensure that they work effectively.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Keeping fire extinguishers are a quick way to put out an open flame. These should also be regularly maintained to ensure that they work correctly.
  • Electrical Safety: Ensuring your electrics are regularly tested and not over loading circuits can help to reduce electrical fires.
  • Cooking Safety: When cooking, it’s important to keep flammable items away from the open flame and not leaving the stove unattended.
  • Heating System Maintenance: Maintaining your heating systems and fireplaces and ensuring proper ventilation can help to reduce fire risk.
  • Smoking Safety: If you smoke you should ensure your cigarette is properly put out and disposed off.
  • Storage Safety: Store flammable materials, Storing flammable objects and chemicals away from open flames and ensure they’re stored in a suitable container as per the manufacturer instructions.
  • Candle and Open Flame Safety: Ensuring that all candles and open flames are put out when you leave the room.
  • Fire Safety Drills: Practicing fire safety drills or being aware of emergency exit locations in your house can help to keep you safe should a fire break out.

These are just a few common preventative steps you can take to prevent a fire breaking out in your home. Reducing fire risks in your home doesn’t need to be costly, taking basic precautionary measures such as being vigilant and responsible around open flames can help to keep you and your family safe.

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Emergency Fire Procedures

When a fire breaks out, there are many precautions you can take while also avoiding further risks to both your property and your life. We discuss some of these below:

  • Immediate Evacuation: When a fire breaks out the safety of you and your family should be a priority which is why you should leave your home as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Stay Low: If there is a substantial amount of smoke, staying low minimizes the amount of smoke that you inhale.
  • Use Fire Extinguishers: If you are trained to use a fire extinguisher and there is one available then you can use this to put out a small flames, however, your safety should always remain a priority and the emergency services should be your first point of call.
  • Do Not Use Elevators: When a fire breaks out, elevators can stop working and so you should opt to use the stairs to evacuate.
  • Touch Closed Doors: If you are about to enter another room, you can touch the door with the back of your hand to see whether its hot, if so, it might be that there is a fire on the other side.
  • Call Emergency Services: The quicker you’re able to contact emergency services, the quicker help is able to arrive. Once you’re safely out of the building you should contact the emergency services as soon as possible.
  • Do Not Re-enter the Building: Once you have safely evacuated the building you shouldn’t seek to regain entry as this could put your life at risk.
  • Follow the Fire Safety Plan: You might have a fire safety plan in place, especially within your workplace, if so, follow the plan and ensure your safety is a priority at all times.

It’s important to follow safety protocols in the event of a fire to ensure that you are as prepared as you possibly can be if a fire breaks out. Home Damage Response takes your safety seriously and we’re available 24 hours a day to discuss any concerns you might have.

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Home Damage Response’s Approach

Home Damage Response is committed to ensuring that our restoration processes put the safety of our clients as a priority. Our fire safety guidelines should equip you with the basic information needed to be able to keep you as safe as possible in a fire emergency. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you should you need some advice following a house fire and our team are ready to assist with your fire restoration process.

By being aware of your surroundings and the potential fire risks, you’re more able to readily prevent fire outbreaks in your home and keep you and your family safe. Our approach is to minimize the risk of fire outbreaks and to inform homeowners of preventative measures that they can take and being informed should a fire break out.

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