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Preventing Fires – What You Can Do to Protect Your Home

House fires are one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths and injuries.  Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people are killed every year in house fires.  And, most of the time, those deadly fires were caused by something that originally seemed harmless – like a pot on the stove that suddenly started boiling over, a cigarette that wasn’t completely out when it was thrown into the bushes, or an ember that flew out of a fireplace and into the curtains.

But, luckily, most house fires can be prevented – just by taking some simple measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home.

Want to make your home less likely to suffer a fire?  Follow these 4 tips:

1. Don’t keep gasoline in your home or in your garage 

Since it is incredibly flammable, even a tiny spark – or a spark that was created by accident – can cause a massive explosion.

2. Never leave things unattended

Pans on your stove, food on your grill, that new scented candle – they all seem harmless, but it doesn’t take much for any of them to get out of control and start a fire. 

3. If something gets hot (or even warm) when you use it, give it plenty of space

It may sound like common sense, but plenty of people never realize the dangers that are lurking around their homes – until it’s too late.

Don’t put dishtowels or paper plates next to the stove.  Don’t put your grill right next to the bushes.  Don’t use your fireplace if it doesn’t have a glass or metal screen in front of it that keeps embers from flying out.  Don’t put your space heater next to curtains, sheets, or newspapers, and never leave them running when you’re not around or asleep.

4. Check your electrical cords

If you think a cord looks worn, get a new one.  And, make sure that your outlets are not over-loaded with plugs.  Ideally, you should have 1 plug per receptacle.  If your outlets look more like an octopus with cords hanging out all over the place, you are putting your home in danger.

Do you want to know how safe your home is from a fire?  The experts at Disaster Restoration Services can help.  We provide inspections and can even give you tips on how to safeguard your home.  Disaster Restoration Services is a certified general contractor in the state of Florida CGC 061708.  We can handle everything from basic repairs to rebuilding large commercial buildings.