A fire is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Even a small kitchen fire can cause extensive smoke damage throughout your home, and it can take months for your life to return to normal. Home fires are very common during the winter, so in today’s post, we’ll provide you with a few easy and effective tips that can help you keep your home safe during the next few months.
Midwest Restoration Services is proud to be the Top Rated Local® fire damage restoration company in Batavia and the surrounding areas. We know that a fire of any size can turn your life upside down, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently to help you through the recovery process. Call 630-761-8100 or fill out our online contact form to speak with a restoration expert at any time of the day.
How to Prevent a Fire in Your Home This Winter
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, so you should always take precautionary measures when you’re preparing a meal using your stovetop or oven. According to the United States Fire Administration, Thanksgiving Day has more incidences of cooking-related fires than any other day of the year, and the majority of these accidents are caused by leaving something unattended on the stove. Follow these tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe this holiday season:
- Move all of your non-essential utensils away from your stove.
- Make sure that all of your towels, sponges, and napkins are away from any and all heat sources.
- Opt for cooking instead of frying whenever possible. Many Thanksgiving fires are started by fryer-related accidents.
- Never leave your stove unattended. If you have to leave the room, turn off the stove and come back to your cooking later.
- Always check to ensure that your stove, oven, and toaster are off before you leave your home. Residual heat has the potential to start a fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in the event of an emergency.
Get a Heater Inspection
Heaters are essential here in Batavia. Given that you’ve almost certainly turned yours on this season, you should invest in an inspection to ensure that everything continues to work properly throughout the season. Crucial components have been known to become brittle or break while the heater is dormant, and we know that the last thing you want is for your heater to suddenly stop working in the middle of the night.
Do your best to transition away from space heaters, as they account for more than 80 percent of deaths caused by heating-related fires. If you can’t do without a space heater, always check to ensure that it’s positioned away from anything that could catch fire while it’s in use. Just like your oven and your stove, you should check to make sure that you’ve turned off your space heater whenever you leave your home.
Switch to Flameless Candles
There’s nothing quite like filling your home with your favorite aromas, especially during the holiday season. Traditional candles are a hazard, and if you choose to light them in your home, make sure that they are positioned away from walls, plants, furniture, and anything else that could catch fire. However, we recommend switching to flameless candles to greatly reduce your risk of something going wrong. A wide variety of flameless options are available, and many of them last longer than traditional candles.
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are easy to forget about, but they’re your first line of defense against a fire. You should check all of the smoke detectors in your home at least once a month, and make sure that you’ve purchased spare batteries to have on hand when one of your detectors stops working. Many of our fire damage restoration clients have told us that they forgot about their smoke detectors before their homes were damaged, so pick a day each month to check all of your smoke detectors. It doesn’t take long, and it might just help you save your home from a disaster.
Top Rated Local® Fire Damage Restoration in Batavia
Midwest Restoration Services is here to help you restore your life after a traumatic event in your home. If you need fire damage restoration, then get in touch with our home restoration experts by calling 630-761-8100 or by filling out the form below.