With a Few Simple Steps, You Can Prevent Fires in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu
Between 2015 and 2019, 74% of house fires occurred in a home with at least one working smoke alarm present, a hopeful statistic representing the widespread success of fire alert technology in the average home.
Even though smoke detectors continue to be the most effective strategy to avoid fire-related deaths and property damage, there are various other preventive steps you can take that are simple as can be:
Clutter can easily invade our homes. Unattended loose, flammable items in hallways and storage spaces, such as clothing, spare blankets and other fabrics are especially dangerous when it comes to fire prevention.
If you leave clothes unattended near gas ranges or water heaters, you can easily start a fire. To avoid hazards stepping in the way if you ever need to depart your home quickly, it’s wise to leave open, clean passageways. This will also slow the spread if a fire does occur, leaving fewer flammable materials in its path.
Finally, check for room between furniture, rugs and your wall outlets to ensure they have ample space and are not rubbing together or tangled.
There are many ways to prepare the exterior of your home to better defend against home fires. Using intentional landscaping methods, you can clear a path to help firefighters enter your home more easily in case of a fire.
It is recommended to have at least 30 feet of defensible space outside your home at all times, and replace flammable material with more suitable things such as concrete, brick and gravel. Also, make sure to clear any debris that could get in the way.
In Honolulu, brush fires stemming from loose grass and shrubs are the source of a number of fires, so it is especially important to check for these flammable materials gathered around your home.
In the instance that the water located inside of your home is no longer working or accessible, it can be extremely helpful to have access to an outdoor water system.
Consider investing in a sprinkler system, or purchasing extra-long garden hoses that can reach all points on the exterior of the home.
Taking these simple steps can make a big difference in lowering your susceptibility to a fire, and ensuring that you are more prepared if a home fire ever does occur.
We spend so much time in our homes, making memories with those we love and tending to its upkeep. It is essential that we also keep our homes clean and take time to prevent hazards to avoid the chance of a fire.
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, 24⁄7.