We have the benefit of knowing that we try to help everyone that hires us to help with their fire damage insurance claim. However, we hate to see the heartache that comes with such a claim. This is why Aftermath Adjusters & Consulting wants to offer you five fire prevention tips to keep your home safe.
Try to walk around the outside of your building every few months. You should also go through every room and identify any potential fire risks. These could be:
Eliminating these items will help with fire prevention.
Smoke detectors can give you an alert that you need to escape a fire. You should have detectors on every floor and more than one on large floors or areas separated by long hallways. You can also:
It is terrifying to know that your house is on fire. Thick smoke will quickly fill the rooms and make it impossible to see. Your mind will race, making rational thinking difficult. This is why it is critical to have a safety plan that you practice. Be sure that everyone in your home:
Where the rally point is doesn’t matter. It can be a neighbor’s house, a nearby park, or even just across the street. But everyone needs to know to go there immediately.
Being prepared and practicing fire prevention tips can’t prevent every fire. There is a point, called the flashover, where everything in a room bursts into flame. It typically happens three minutes after you see the first flame. That means that you will barely have time to get out when your smoke detector wakes you up.
You may be tempted to try to put out the fire yourself. However, fire professionals do not recommend this. You can be overcome quite easily by toxic gases and smoke. Instead:
Close to 375,000 U.S. homes catch fire every year. They kill over 2500 people and injure thousands of others. You and your family could avoid becoming a statistic by taking these simple fire prevention tips.
Of course, even with fire prevention tips, not all fires are preventable. If your home suffers fire damage, please give Aftermath Adjusting a call. We will help you get the highest payout possible based on the claim and your insurance coverage.