A fire is one of the most devastating events that can occur in a homeowner’s lifetime. Not only is there the obvious danger and destruction of property, a fire causes multiple types of home damage, making it both difficult and expensive to restore the home afterwards. After a fire, there may be many types of damage within the home, including:
Taking steps to prevent a fire is the best way to avoid having to deal with the aftermath. Here are some easy ways to decrease the chance of a fire happening in your home.
Be Careful With Candles
The National Fire Prevention Association reports that in a five year period, over nine thousand home fires were started due to candles burning in the home. These candles may come into contact with a flammable material that was left too close to the open flame, such as curtains or blankets. If you like to burn candles in your home, consider switching to battery operated flameless candles, which give the same effect and can safely be placed just about anywhere in the house.
Pay Attention to Your Power
If you live in an older home, you have to be extra diligent about your electrical system. Many older electrical systems simply aren’t powerful enough to support the amount of electricity a modern family needs, and can become overloaded. If you hear crackling or popping sounds coming from your outlets, or find that your circuit breaker is constantly tripping, it may be time to have the home assessed by a qualified electrician to see if an upgrade is necessary.
Evaluate Your Need For Space Heaters
Small portable heaters, sometimes called space heaters, are one of the leading causes of electrical fires. While modern space heaters often include some type of default system to turn them off if they tip over, there are still many risks associated with using a portable heater in the home. Consider alternative methods, like using heavier bedding or replacing the insulation in your home to keep heat inside.
Teach Children Fire Safety
Curious children experimenting with fire sources can easily become the source of a disaster. In addition to keeping lighters and matches where children can’t easily reach them, it’s important to explain to children why these items are dangerous. Kids should be made aware of how fast a fire can spread and the potential dangers if they play with a lighter or book of matches. This is especially true in the case of young boys, who are more likely than girls to experiment with fire.
In the event a home fire takes place at your residence, Five Star Claims Adjusting is here to help. Contact us after a fire has occurred in your home to get expert assistance with the process of filing your homeowner’s insurance claim.