According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week is October 8 – 14, 2017. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. The event left more than 250 people injured, 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. Cleanup took decades following the fire.
The unfortunate reality is 8 out of 10 fire-related deaths happen at home, but there are steps to be taken which can reduce the risk of a home fire. Either by fire preparedness or by solidifying a fire safety plan for you and your family. Make sure you have this plan in place. Also, there are a variety of things to keep in mind for fire prevention:
Check Your Wires and Outlets:
Make sure to check all your electrical cords for fraying. If they are even slightly frayed, you should replace them immediately. Do not plug in a bunch of cords into one outlet, as this can lead to overheating of the electrical circuit. Surge protectors should be used to protect valuable electronic items such as your television and computer.
Focus in The Kitchen:
Pots and pans should not be left unattended on the stove, and the oven should always be turned off when it is not being used. Keep the stovetop and inside of your oven squeaky clean to prevent bits of food or grease from igniting while cooking. Finally, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen at all times. If ever a fire starts, you'll be glad you did!
Watch Your Laundry:
When it comes to the laundry room, it is important to clean out the lint filter after every load and regularly clean the dryer vent.
Put It Out:
Smoking is not only risky for your health, but it's also the third most common cause of fires at home. If you are a smoker, keep track of your cigarette butts and make sure to douse them with water before throwing them away. The best option for smokers is to smoke outside where there are less flammable items.
Watch the Smell-Goods:
Candles…we all love to smell them, but their open flames can quickly cause a fire. A potential solution is to switch to battery-operated candles that look real but are not dangerous. However, if you enjoy authentic candles, always keep an eye on them after lighting. This is particularly important if you have pets and children, as it is easy for a candle to be knocked over.
IF FIRE DOES HAPPEN
At Menold, fire prevention is our top concern, but disasters happen. Even if you follow all your fire safety procedures, a fire can still occur. Fire damage is devastating, and the inevitable destruction caused by water, soot, and smoke make matters even worse. Cleaning up after a fire can seem like an overwhelming task. At Menold, fire damage restoration is our specialty. When we encounter fire damage, we comprehensively treat the problem, from the ground up by:
- Inspecting the loss to your home.
- Testing smoke levels to determine necessary mitigation.
- Observing and shielding secure areas.
- Helping you record your contents.
- Repackaging and storing your items until home restoration is complete.
- Ensuring that you receive updates throughout the recovery process.
- Completing all the needed repairs.
- Delivering your items back to your finished home.
If your home faces fire damage, 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 for disaster cleanup and fire damage removal, you're securing our promise to restore your home or business skillfully, swiftly, and compassionately. Menold Construction and Restoration is in Morton, Normal, and Champaign Illinois, and has been serving Central Illinois for more than 40 years.