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What Rooms in Your Home Are at Extra Risk for Fire Damage

Stove Fire Risk

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Have you ever wondered what rooms in your home are at highest risk for fire damage? Rooms requiring heat usage tend to carry the highest risk and need the most precaution for preventing heat, fire, and smoke damage. Even though Kelly Klean has experienced specialists ready to help with restoration after fire damage, here are a few places in the home you can use precautions to prevent disaster.

Fire Damage Risk in the Kitchen

The kitchen is the most common place for heat damage and potential fires to start.  Large appliances like the oven or stove can generate a lot of heat if not attended to and be set ablaze in the blink of an eye. Stoves are notorious for grease fires, so be mindful of watching your pots and pans while cooking, especially when using oil or grease. Furthermore, you can prevent fire risk in the kitchen by storing combustible ingredients and small appliances away from heating sources.

Clean that Chimney

Chimneys are the outlet for heat and smoke created in fireplaces that house…fires! It is no surprise that chimneys and fireplaces are another common culprit for heat damage and fire risk.  Each burn that takes place in the fireplace creates ash and debris that will stick to the walls of your chimney.  If you avoid routine chimney cleanings, the debris is flammable and can catch fire when you use your fireplace.  The rule of thumb is that if the chimney residue on the inside walls are at least 1/8 inch thick, then a cleaning needs to occur.  If you are forgetful, it’s best to book regular cleanings every 6 months to give you peace of mind.

Beware the Bedroom Fire Risk

Bedrooms contain many flammable items such as mattresses, pillows, nightstands, and dressers. If your bedroom is cold in the winter, be mindful of space heater usage. Turn off your space heater before you go to sleep. Most accidents from space heaters occur when people are sleeping, putting the whole family at risk for injury. Space heaters should be placed at least three feet from any flammable furniture and plugged directly into an outlet. Additionally, take notice of the condition of your mattress. Even if your mattress was made after the 2007 federal flammability standard, taking precautions to minimize fire risk is necessary.

Kelly Klean has been one of the trusted experts to turn to for fire restoration and damage cleanup. Our experienced staff can also help you diagnose areas in your home at risk for heat damage.  Contact us to learn more about our fire prevention or cleaning services.

 

You Experienced a Fire…Now What?

Smoke replaced pure air as flames engulfed your home. Your family and pets hopefully made it out safely from one of the scariest things that could happen to you—a fire. Your family’s safety is the most important thing after you experience a fire. But what do you do afterward? It’s a shocking experience, but here are the steps you could take to ensure fire restoration to your home.

Step One: Call 911

After making sure your family and pets are safe, you need to call the authorities. Let them know you are safe, and notify them if anyone is injured. Do not re-enter your home until the authorities tell you it is okay. Contact any family members and friends if you want to, to let them know you’re all right.

Step Two: Call a Fire Restoration Company

This step should happen within 48 hours of the fire. Make an appointment with your local fire restoration company to allow professionals to begin the cleanup process right away. Even if the fire was small, still be sure to make an appointment. The sooner you call them, the sooner the company can work on getting your house back to normal.

Step Three: Find Temporary Housing

It is a great idea to find temporary housing until your home is safe to enter. Smoke can linger for a few days, and it can be harmful to your health. Give your family and friends a call to see if they can help. If that is not an option, talk to your insurance company to see if they can reimburse you for a few nights at a hotel.

Step Four: Speak With Your Insurance Company

At some point, you will need to create an inventory list of important things you need to be replaced. According to Equifax.com, your damaged items list should include the item, the brand name, the price you paid, the serial number, model, or description of each item. Pictures of lost items are helpful as well.

In the United States, there is a home fire every minute and a half. Kelley Klean is a full-service restoration company with 30 years of experience restoring properties from fire damage. We are proud to be the restoration contractor of choice in the Mid-Missouri area. If an unexpected fire has occurred on your property, give Kelley Klean a call at 573-214-0990!