There are few things as devastating to your home and well-being as a fire. Every year there are approximately 365,500 residential building fires resulting in $6.6 billion in property loss. While you can’t prevent every fire that occurs, there are some steps that everyone can take to ensure that their property is better protected against fire.
- Be careful when you cook. Refrain from wearing loose clothing, keep flammable items like towels and wooden spoons away from open flames, and maintain a 3 foot child free zone around your cooking area.
- Replace any frayed, worn or damaged appliance cords as they can start fires.
- If you burn candles, keep them away from window hangings and be sure to extinguish the flame.
- Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be located inside and outside sleeping areas and on all levels of your home. They should be tested monthly, batteries should be changed yearly and alarms more than ten years old should be replaced.
- Use caution when operating a portable heater. Ensure that is has an automatic shut off mechanism in the event that it falls over and keep any combustible items at least 3 feet away.
- Prepare and practice! Each home should have a plan in case of a home fire. Every second counts in an emergency, and if all members of your family are familiar with escape routes and meeting spaces, your chances of escaping unharmed increase greatly.
In the event of fire damage in your home, make sure that you call trained, skilled professionals who can complete any and all structural repairs, reconstruction, and final cleaning as appropriate.
Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.