How Not to Start a House Fire
How Not to Start a House Fire
January 08,2023

How Not to Start a House Fire

A study by the Insurance Information Institute asserts that 23.8 percent of home insurance claims were related to fire and lightning damage, with the average property damage claim payout at $77,340 between 2016-2020! It is not enough to simply insure your house. You should take preventative measures to avoid house fires in the first place! In this brief article brought to you by Tidal Wave Restoration, we will suggest some tips of our own. If you ever need fire damage cleanup or water damage restoration in the Metro Atlanta area, you can call Tidal Wave Restoration for premier service. Our live representatives and specialists are on standby for your call.

How Not to Start a House Fire

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Avoid DIY Electrical Work

Electricity is an incredibly volatile and dangerous element. Fortunately, there are professionals trained to manage and control electricity. If you are not an experienced electrician, then we advise you avoid DIY electrical work. Faulty wiring, electrical outlets, circuit breakers, and cables can lead to electrical fires. Remember to schedule periodic electrical inspections and call an electrician if you suspect damage to the electrical system.

Be Careful with Cord Extensions

Connecting many appliances and devices to a single extension cord can be dangerous and cause electrical fires. Disconnect electronics and appliances that you are not using or consider hiring an electrician to add new electrical outlets to your home.

Pay Attention While Cooking

The kitchen can turn into the remains of a battle zone if you are not careful. Beware of flammable food items and keep them AWAY from fire. Such items include high-fat items like pork and bacon, oils and greases, flour, and sugar. Keep paper towels and other flammable items away as well. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off hot cooking surfaces beforehand. When you are done cooking, make sure to clean off stoves and ovens. Remove accumulated grease that can catch on fire.

Test Smoke Detectors Regularly

Is your smoke detector beeping when there’s no fire? It might be time to change the batteries or replace the device altogether. Get in the habit of testing the smoke detector to make sure it’s properly working. Though smoke detectors do not prevent fires, they can save your life.

Change Dirty Air Filters

It is advised that you change the HVAC’s air filters once every three or four months. Dirty air filters can negatively affect air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Believe it or not, a dirty air filter can even cause a fire. Similarly, you should empty the lint trap in the dryer. A dryer vent filled with lint CAN spark a fire.

Dealing with Fire Damage? We Can Help

A house fire is a nightmare that no one should have to experience. Sadly, it is a reality. The good news is Tidal Wave Restoration is always ready to help. We serve the Metro Atlanta area with reliable and affordable fire damage cleanup and fire damage restoration. Our specialists can be at your location as soon as possible to get started on assessing the damage and recording evidence so that you can get your insurance claim if applicable.