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It is a known fact that fires happen more frequently during colder months. How do you prevent home fires? Disaster Cleanup Services has some tips to ensure you won’t need fire restoration services this Fall and Winter. Below we will discuss 5 things to keep your home disaster and fire free!

Check Fire Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

Your fire extinguishers and fire alarms should be checked on a regular basis. Most people check them each time the seasons change. Doing this can ensure you can stop a fire before it gets out of hand. You should also have a proper fire exit plan that your family understands. Adults should also understand how to use fire extinguishers and what the locations of them are. These simple steps could save a life.

Ensure Holiday Lighting and Decorations are In Good Working Condition

Checking your holiday lighting and decorations should be a given, but it is easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget. It is imperative to make sure all plugs are in good working condition and that no wires are frayed or broken. These things can easily cause a fire inside your home. Taking the time to check your decoration properly could save you from a fire.

Use the Correct Extension Cords for Lighting

Did you know that there are indoor and outdoor extension cords? If not, pay attention! Outdoor cords are meant to hold up to rain, snow, and other weather conditions. If you use indoor extension cords outdoors, there is a good chance of a fire. They are not waterproof and not meant to handle the extreme electrical loads of holiday lighting.

Monitor Indoor and Outdoor Fires

Fireplaces and outdoor fires are part of the colder weather. Everyone enjoys a beautiful warm fire and s’mores, but if these fires are not monitored closely, they can burn quickly and cause damages to the interior and exterior of your home. Be smart and always keep an eye on any fires.

Keep Children Away from Fires, Cooking Areas, and Matches

Children enjoy fires as it is fascinating to them. It is essential to keep an eye on children when there are fires, as they do not know the dangers of them. They may not only burn themselves, but they could catch your home on fire. It is important that cooking areas and fires are always under adult supervision. You should always ensure matches are kept locked away from children, as they may try to start a fire without knowing the consequences.

Above are 5 ways to prevent fires in your home. By doing some planning, you can save yourself from a home fire and the devastating loss and stress that comes from it. If you do experience a fire, give us a call. We handle fire restoration and will work with your insurance company.