Five Ways To Avoid House Fires in Bakersfield

smoke cleanup tehachapiIt’s hard to imagine your home engulfed in flames and the loss of all those memories. As hard as that situation would be, all of that emotional trauma doesn’t even include figuring out how you’ll repair all of the fire damage. Not all fires can be prevented, however, here are five easy ways to avoid house fires and, inevitably, the fire damage repair in Bakersfield, California.

  1. Be aware of alternative heating

Many households use portable heaters, wood stoves, pellet stoves, etc. It is important to pay attention to the placement of these utilities, along with the amount of time they are used and their condition. Don’t place them too close to furniture or flammable objects and keep them in good condition.

  1. Keep an eye on your electrical system and wires.

Faulty wiring is often the culprit of house fires and fire damage, so it is important to do what you can to keep wires in good condition. Don’t overload your electrical circuits, watch for fraying in the wires, and try not to cover or pinch wires. It is also a good idea to keep small children and pets away from wires and plug-ins because of risk, not only to the wires, but also the risk of injury to the small children and/or pets.  

  1. Stay on top of dryer duct work.

It’s only fitting that something used as often as a clothes dryer needs maintenance too, right? Of course, the need for the dryer to be properly set up should be number one on your priority list as far as safety is concerned, but it is also important to clean out the vent regularly and clean the lint collector before every load.

  1. Cook carefully with heat.

It seems like common knowledge that heat in the kitchen should be handled with care. However, everyone could use a reminder every once in a while. Pay attention when cooking something on the stove. Don’t leave it unattended. Clean your oven regularly. Leftover food splatters can catch fire and leave you with a nastier mess to clean up.

  1. Take care of simple utilities.

Sometimes what separates a close call from a disaster is a new set of batteries in a smoke detector. Both batteries and smoke alarms can be purchased near you and are smart ways to avoid fire damage.

For some, even the slightest thought of their home on fire creates a fear so great it forces the very thought back to whatever hole it crawled out of. However, the process of repairing fire damage, although overwhelming, is necessary, and the trained experts at Alert Disaster can help. However, why not take the necessary precautions to avoid a fire in your Bakersfield home and neighborhood before disaster strikes?

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