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Spring Cleaning And Fire Prevention

Spring is officially here and it is time for the snow to start melting and the sun to start shining. Plants and trees are going to start budding and all of the signs of spring will be imminent. With the new fresh season, it is a good time to think about Spring Cleaning and how spring cleaning can play into fire prevention.

The team at Total Restoration is prepared to handle any fire damage restoration job that comes our way, but we want our community and the families in our community to remain safe and thrive during 2018. With that in mind, let’s look into your spring cleaning checklist and make sure that you’ve included the fire prevention steps that can keep your property and your family safe this year:

  1. Remove clutter from attics, basements, and the garage. Get rid of stored items that never get used. Clutter can quickly become a fire hazard.
  2. Smoke alarms should be tested every month. Check them and replace batteries as needed. Also, double check that smoke alarms are installed in every room.
  3. Smoke alarms can be cleaned out with a vacuum hose to remove dust and dirt that might cause alarms to go off unnecessarily.
  4. Aside from smoke alarms, check the batteries in your flashlights and in carbon monoxide detectors if you have them. If you don’t have them, think about having them installed.
  5. If your smoke alarms have not been replaced with new ones in the last 10 years, it is time to update them! This is recommended by the smoke alarm manufacturers.
  6. Clean out your yard. Any debris and dead vegetation should be cleaned up and moved away from the house. Extra dry vegetation can spread fires faster.
  7. Spring is the time of year for BBQ’s and get-togethers. Make sure you are prepared and safe by checking your propane hoses for leaks or cracks. Replace any hoses that look like they could be damaged. Keep BBQ grills in a safe place away from your property. It should not be used near windows, HVAC systems, or any area with a lot of vegetation or dead vegetation.
  8. Contact your local fire department and see who can do a thorough inspection of your home to make sure you haven’t missed any fire hazards. Another set of eyes on the property could help you catch a potentially dangerous hazard.
  9. Replace filters in your home. This includes dryer vents and air filters. Get your ductwork cleaned as well. Clogged ducts from dryer vents can become a major fire hazard that is easily avoidable.

If your home or property suffers any kind of fire, smoke, or soot damage, rest easy knowing that you have a certified and insured professional team near you that can handle any minor or major fire disaster situation. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. No job is too big or small. Total Restoration is trained and experienced in high-quality restoration and can get your property restored back to a pre-loss condition in no time.