Fire Preparation Steps
As a homeowner, the thought of a fire breaking out in your house is a nightmare scenario. This emergency could have devastating effects. Your family safety is at risk, but you could lose precious possessions and your home itself. There're fire preparation steps you should follow to reduce the risk of this terrible event from occurring.
Sure up Those Smoke Alarms
All Bartlett, Tenessee, or Cordova, Tennessee, homes should have smoke alarms to alert you of fire danger. One or two devices are not enough. Your home should have one in every bedroom and an additional alarm per floor. There're also other essential elements of smoke alarms you should look for to prevent a home fire from spreading and getting out of hand.
- Test your smoke alarm once a month.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once a year.
- Never disconnect your smoke alarm.
Keep an Eye on the Dryer
Of all your appliances, your dryer is perhaps the most significant potential culprit for starting a fire. You must check the filter after every loan and remove any lint buildup. Make sure you inspect the outside vent and the hose leading from the dryer to the vent.
Watch the Outlets
Being aware of electrical problems is an important fire safety tip. Check each outlet in your home, and never overload them with cords. Also, be mindful when you use power strips, especially with electronic equipment such as computers.
Be Careful When You Cook
Fire prevention often starts in the kitchen, where there are a few different heat sources. Make sure your oven is clean and functioning correctly. Also, never leave food on the stove unattended.
You can have peace of mind when you follow these fire prevention guidelines. If you need further direction, contact SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at (901) 382-0900.