Tips for Minimizing Fire Damage at Home and Work

Fire Damage

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Home and business owners who have experienced fire damage should contact a reputable, licensed damage-restoration specialist as soon as possible. That said, there are several steps an individual can take to minimize the chances of a property being impacted by fire damage. The installation and ongoing maintenance of smoke detectors is one of the first steps home and business owners should take towards fire preparedness. Detectors should be installed in the ceiling near the center of a room or hallway and tested regularly.

The presence of fire extinguishers can also help mitigate the damage caused by a sudden fire. However, individuals must familiarize themselves with the various types of extinguishers available. For example, Class A-rated fire extinguishers are used for common materials, such as paper and wood, while Class B-rated extinguishers should be used on highly combustible materials, including cooking oil.

Finally, all families and businesses should pursue fireproofing whenever possible. A common way to fireproof a home or building is to limit smoking on the premises. Individuals should refrain from smoking indoors and ensure that any cigarette smoked on the premises is fully extinguished before being disposed of. Additional elements of fireproofing range from storing flammable and combustible materials away from heat sources to monitoring working fireplaces and lit candles.

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