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Houston Home Safety: Prevent Home Fires This Winter

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview stands at the ready to assist our community whenever disaster strikes.

Houston Home Safety: Prevent Home Fires This Winter

 

 

Even with our mild climate, home fires increase throughout the Houston metropolitan area each winter. To prevent fire damage to your Houston area home be mindful of potential fire hazards, and be prepared to evacuate yourself, your family, and your pets the moment the smoke detector goes off. Houston area SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview stands at the ready to assist our community whenever disaster strikes. While we sincerely hope that you will not need our services, rest assured that in the event your home or business is damaged, we will respond quickly with expert technicians to help you recover from a fire or Houston water damage.

 

Many fires in homes are caused by common, everyday appliances. Here is a snapshot of how to use these items properly to help guard against Houston fire damage to your home.

 

Space Heaters. During the winter months, it is tempting to take the chill out of the air with a space heater. While safety features have improved over the years, they are still considered a fire hazard, and proper protocols should be followed when in use. First, never leave space heaters plugged in when you are sleeping, or away from home. Second, position space heaters a minimum of 4 feet from flammable items including bedding, curtains, and books. Third, never use an extension cord for space heaters. And finally, always follow manufacturer instructions precisely.

Electric Blankets. Electric blankets provide toasty comfort on cool evenings. However, they too are considered a safety hazard. Never leave an electric blanket plugged in, or on when it is not in use. While in theory they are made to keep you warm all night long, it is not recommended they be used while sleeping. Discard electric blankets immediately if there is any hint of a smoldering odor or if cords are damaged.

Holiday Lights and Decorations. Interior and exterior holiday lights and decorations can start fires in Houston area homes. Never use more lights than recommended by the manufacturer on a single outlet, or extension cord. Christmas trees are a fire hazard in the home; if using a fresh tree, be sure to give it plenty of water, and when needle fall is high, remove it from your home. Never position a Christmas tree or other flammable holiday decorations near space heaters, fireplaces, or other sources of heat or ignition.

Candles.  Dinner by candle light. A relaxing soak in a bathtub surrounded by candles. Adding holiday aromas to spaces with candles. These are all very tempting activities but remember that all candles should be placed away from flammable items including bedding, curtains, and carpets and should never be left unattended while lit.

Smoke Detectors. When was the last time you tested the smoke detectors in your home? When was the last time you changed the batteries? If the answer to either of these questions is “I don’t know” now is the time to keep your family and home safe from fire damage. While our expert fire restoration technicians are available 24 hours a day, even on weekends and holidays, we sincerely hope that you will not need us. However, we will respond quickly and begin the cleanup to allow you and your family to get back into your home as fast as possible.

 

 

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