Preventing Fires in the Home

A blaze seethed in the night behind the O’Leary home in Chicago. Their barn had caught fire and on that fateful night in October, the small barn fire would become the epicenter to the torrent of flame and destruction that would be known simply as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

No one will break in tonight because of the things you’ve done in preparation. You trust your preparations because you did them; you’re in control. Although this isn’t a blanket statement that covers everyone ever born, it does seem to cover a lot of people. People feel confident when they are in control.

First, you should make sure that you start by understanding how important it is going to be to try to minimize the smoke damage in the area. Often times, the fire may not cause an extensive amount of damage but you will find that the smoke damage is very difficult to deal with.

People do the same thing with fire. They assume the worst happens to people they don’t know. The chances of a fire hurting them because of their “carelessness”-because no one is careless in their own mind-are nonexistent. They have a few favorite statements they fall back into.

Fires can ignite in a West Chicago home for a variety of reasons, but the most common sources of house fires come from accidents or negligence in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of all house fires every year in the United States.

After you drop off your load at the dry cleaner, you will want to start running your washer. You will want to start washing all of the clothes that were touched by the fire to ensure that you are able to get them started on the cleaning process.

They can’t be, and if you leave the house, how would they alert you that a fire is spreading from the candle, up the curtains and onto the ceiling. You wouldn’t know until it was too late. Sometimes, even a dog’s warning could be too late to save a life when you’re in the house. Set up smoke alarms all throughout the house for proper warning.

After cleaning, you are then going to want to make sure that you are going to be able to vacuum the area. As you are vacuuming, you should be using a professional grade vacuum that will not get ruined by the ash that you are going to be sucking out throughout the time you are cleaning.

While kitchen fires are the number one cause of house fires every year in the United States, portable electric and gas fueled heaters are the number one cause of residential fires that result in fatalities in the United States. Their added danger comes from their ill-advised yet frequent use at night during the cold months.

Take the time that you need to understand how you are going to clean successfully to ensure that you can save as much as you can from fire damage and smoke damage. Start the process as soon as possible and make sure that you are safe throughout the entire time that you are cleaning the area.

BELFOR is a worldwide leader in disaster recovery and property restoration and repair. We can be of assistance with fire damage, storm damage, water damage or even mold damage, as well as offering services including duct cleaning, emergency power, etc.


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