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A Clean Home Is an Effective Way to Prevent Fires | SERVPRO® of Westfield

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

"interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire  "   If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Westfield is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

House fires are without a doubt one of the most common and disastrous catastrophes in the country. Around seven fire-related fatalities occur each day in the United States, thus taking safeguards is vital. Since the beginning of the year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 residential fires.

The first step in preventing fire threats is to take action to protect your Westfield home. Paying attention in the kitchen and checking your smoke alarms are two of the more obvious fire prevention measures, but you may not realize that tidying your house can also help to limit the spread of flames:

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Westfield residents are at high risk of wildfires. Creating a fire-prevention layout on your lawn and cleaning up around the yard are two steps you may take to prevent outside fires from reaching your home.

Due to the prevalence of wildfires in California, the state has developed defensible space zones, requiring a yard arrangement that works as a protective barrier against fires.

Practice this in your Westfield yard by planting trees and plants away from your house and removing any branches that may be hanging over it. Utilize fire-resistant landscaping, such as hardwood and maple trees or yucca plants, to help keep a wildfire from spreading.

Clear the Clutter

Everyone’s house gets messy now and then, but allowing the mess to compromise your safety is potentially deadly. Too much clutter in your home creates a safety risk to you and everyone else in the house in the event of a fire.

A cluttered home with excess storage might hinder a speedy escape in the event of a house fire. Piles of clothes or towels also act as fuel to a flame; in the event of a fire, these materials will only help it spread.

Take care to clear out piles of anything flammable, including clothes, paper and books. This is especially important around appliances, outlets and heating devices.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

A clean home can be difficult to achieve, but keep in mind that your efforts to clean your space can result in a safer living environment. Making it a habit to toss things away and dust around the house are simple actions that will make a significant difference if an unexpected fire occurs.

Dryers cause thousands of fires each year, with a dirty lint screen being the most common cause. Lint is flammable, resulting in a deadly combination of heat from your dryer. Dryer lint should be cleared from your dryer screen after each load of laundry.

Remember, a clean home is a happy home! A clutter-free environment will not only provide you with peace of mind, but it will also significantly minimize your risk of accidental fires occurring.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

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