Home fires kill an average of seven people every day across the country, according to the American Red Cross. Fires injure another 36 people daily and cause more than $7 billion in damages annually in the United States. Menold Construction and Restoration is Central Illinois’ fire damage restoration specialist. However, there are things you can do to help prevent fires before they compromise your safety and property.
Here are five tips for preventing a home fire compiled from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Maintain a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. It could save your life. About half of home fire deaths result from fires reported overnight.
- Be careful when cooking. Two of every five fires begin in the kitchen. Many of these fires started because of unattended cooking or because an oven wasn’t properly cleaned.
- Keep space heaters and wood stoves away from flammable household items, like upholstered furniture and clothing. Portable heaters have been involved in four out of every five home heating deaths.
- Don't be a careless smoker. Alcohol-impairment and sleep are factors in many smoking-related fire fatalities. Smoking not only presents health risks to the smoker, it also can present a fire risk to those around that person. A quarter of the people who died in smoking-related fires were not the smoker whose cigarettes started the fire.
- Be wary of electrical problems. Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of 47,800 home fires and an average of 450 deaths per year from 2007-2011.
If your home or business is damaged in a fire, it is critical to respond quickly for your safety and so your damaged property can be returned to its pre-loss condition. Menold’s highly trained professionals provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By choosing Menold,you’re securing our personal promise to restore your home or business skillfully, swiftly, and compassionately.