While National Fire Incident Reporting System data indicates that residential fires are most common in December and January, there are always potential fire hazards to consider during the warmer months, especially when grills, bonfires, and other summertime activities like lighting fireworks are involved. Electrical malfunctions and mishandling of flammable materials also contribute to an elevated home fire risk. Taking appropriate precautions goes a long way toward preventing home fire risks.

Reducing Fire Risk at Home

Homeowners can take several steps to lower residential fire risk. Electrical fires are a common hazard, so make sure that your home's wiring is up-to-date and that licensed professionals perform necessary electrical repairs. Cooking is another major cause of fires. Never leave an operating stove unattended; keep flammable objects away from the cooking area. Solvents and other flammable liquids should be stored in well-ventilated areas away from heat sources. Grills should be placed at least ten feet away from your home. Regularly clean the grill to prevent grease buildup to prevent flare-ups. Homeowners can also invest in fire suppression and detection options like fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. 

Staying Safe When a Fire Occurs

If a fire does occur, the first priority is ensuring the safety of all occupants. Evacuate immediately and call 911. Only attempt to re-enter the house once it has been declared safe by the fire department. After the disaster has passed, call your insurer to report the fire damage. They will guide you through the claims process and advise on the necessary steps for documentation and repairs. Contacting a professional restoration firm as soon as possible is crucial for cleanup. Restoration experts can assess the situation and provide a detailed plan for returning your home to its pre-fire condition.

How Lightspeed Restoration Saves Fire-Damaged Homes

Lightspeed Restoration technicians can inspect and document all visible fire damage, streamlining proof of loss claims. In the event of large-scale home fires, we can perform a pack-out and restore damaged contents offsite. We use specialized tools to address wet and dry smoke residues in the home. Loose, dry soot particles are collected using HEPA filter vacuums. We utilize thermal foggers that penetrate deep into materials with solvent-based odor control to eliminate stubborn soot particle malodors.

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Our team is available 24/7 to provide thorough restoration per IICRC standards. Contact Lightspeed Restoration today to discover more about how our fire damage restoration services can help you recover and rebuild.

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