With the majority of Americans being unfamiliar with basic fire home safety practices, US firefighters respond to a fire every 24 seconds. That's a staggering statistic! Fortunately, there are steps you can actively take to reduce the risk of your house being one of those stops.
As your go-to experts, the Abba Property Solutions team places a priority on home safety. We hope that you'll take these next few minutes from your day to gain valuable fire safety advice by following the steps listed below. Who knows, it just may save your life.
Step 1: Prevent
To prevent a fire from starting in the first place, you need to be familiar with these common causes of house fires.
Never leave your kitchen when the stove or oven is on. Did you know that grease can self-ignite if it's hot enough? To put out a grease fire, do not use water. Rather, smother the flame with a pan lid or something comparable. Other common cooking-related fires are caused by grilling too close to the house and putting away appliances before they've had the chance to properly cool.
Eliminate the need for electric heaters by improving home insulation. If that's not possible, keep electric and space heaters away from other objects and flammable materials, such as bedding and clothing, and turn them off before you leave your home.
Electrical and Lighting
Avoid overloading your circuits and replace damaged wires to minimize the chance for electrical fires. To avoid lighting-related fires, update your light bulbs and string lights with LED bulbs and always turn off your lights before leaving your house or going to sleep.
Talk to your children about the dangers of playing with fire. Secure any matches, lighters, and ignitable substances in a location that's out of their reach and inaccessible.
Invest in flameless candles and don't smoke inside. If that doesn't work for you, never burn open flame candles on an unsturdy base or when there's a risk of falling asleep.
Understand how to work safely with the chemicals in your home and how to properly store your various household chemicals.
Step 2: Prepare
Ensure that you have the properly functioning equipment and a solid plan could be the difference between life and death.
Step 3: Respond
Understand ahead of time how to respond if a fire does start. By reading the following guidelines provided by the American Red Cross, you’ll know what to do if faced with a fire-based emergency.
Step 4: Recover
Unfortunately, fires can happen to anyone. That’s why you should have a recovery plan, including who you'll contact for help, one hand in case the unimaginable happens to you. Something you may not actively consider is that internal structural damage and water damage commonly occur while trying to put out property fires.
If a fire or other home safety emergency strikes, you'll want to consult with a professional about repairing and renovating your home. At Abba Property Solutions, we understand that during these difficult situations you'll need all the support you can get. That’s why we do everything we can to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for our Jacksonville area customers. We work with your insurance to keep the process as smooth as can be, so you can focus on what matters most-- your loved ones. Contact us to learn more about our services and how Abba can help you today.