Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

Reduce Fire Risk

Fires are the most dangerous and costly for a homeowner. There are many types of fires that occur to a residence and most could be reduced by some regular yearly maintenance and awareness. Here are the most common fires and some checklist items that can help keep you safe.

Prevent Chimney Fires:

  • Hire a professional to clean your chimney
  • Check for cracks in your chimney flue
  • Check for animals or critters in your chimney
  • Keep combustibles at least 5 feet from your unit
  • Only use hard treated wood for burning

Prevent Electrical Fires:

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose cords
  • Avoid overloading outlets, especially at Christmas time
  • If your fuse/breaker blows frequently have it inspected by a professional
  • Check all lamps to make sure they have the correct wattage bulb
  • Make sure your home has GFI’s in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement

Prevent Dryer Fires:

  • Clean the lint filter before each cycle
  • Inspect the duct to make sure it is not damaged or pinched
  • Make sure the outside vent is open when the dryer is running and not clogged
  • Replace coiled wire foil or plastic venting with a rigid, non-ribbed metal duct
  • Have gas-powered dryers professionally inspected annually to verify there are no leaks