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Recognizing Fire Hazards

Looking around you right now, would you be able to recognize a fire hazard? There are the obvious ones, such as cooking appliances and candles but did you know that fire hazards extend far beyond the most obvious sources of heat? 

A fire hazard is often defined as “any actions, materials, or conditions that might increase the size or severity of a fire or that might cause a fire to start”. When you take that definition into account it becomes clear that we’re often surrounded by fire hazards. 

When it comes to fire safety and prevention, United Water Restoration Group of Houston, Texas would like to offer a few helpful tips to recognize often overlooked fire hazards to help you prevent a fiery scenario.

 

Don’t Wait For Smoke; Know Your Fire Hazards

There are two important things to note about home fire hazards. Most fire hazards are located in the kitchen, and many fire incidents are preventable. Whether you’re operating a toaster or letting out your iron chef at the stovetop, it’s incredibly important that you are never distracted while cooking. 

A moment away is all it takes for an accident to happen, in the time it takes you to make a phone call your recipe for dinner could become a recipe for disaster instead. It’s also advised to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen that’s readily available just in case the worst would strike so you have a better chance at protecting your property from massive fire losses.

Another common fire hazard is lack of inspection. Structures, just like us humans, experience normal wear and tear with age. As a building gets older some things are not up to par anymore. 

In particular, wiring in buildings 40 years or older is often found not to be up to the same safety standards as today with outlets that lack the proper ability for grounding, aging wiring, and fuse boxes that have seen better days. If you’re living in an older home, or have a loved one that is, it’s advisable to have the site inspected.

 

What Other Steps Can You Take?

We’ve talked about some major but easily overlooked fire hazards today, but they are only a couple in a major swath. What are some other steps you can take to rest easy and prevent a fire?

    • Avoid Clutter, as clutter can cause any fires to spread much more quickly.
    • Keep heat sources free of debris and blockages; allow vents 6 inches of space around and above for proper ventilation.
  • ALWAYS HAVE YOUR HOME EQUIPPED WITH WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS.

 

Remember, while most fires are preventable not all of them are. If you’ve taken all the proper steps and precautions, but have still found yourself the victim of a fire, let us be there to help you pick up the pieces. 

Contact United Water Restoration Group of Houston, Texas at (832) 957-7623 to ask us about our fire damage restoration services. We’re available to take your call 24/7 all year round.

 

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