House Fires – Being Prepared for the Unexpected

House Fires are Common

From an unattended dry patch of grass in your backyard to faulty wiring on your water heater, a house fire can happen at any time. If you’re like most people, you have professionals do quality jobs to avoid the risk of having to put yourself and or family in harm’s way to save a few dollars.

According to the records by The National Fire Protection Association In 2016, there were 501,500 house fires reported in the U.S.A. Out of those fires, 52% were caused by cooking or kitchen related duties.

Preparing for a fire in your home

house firesSmoke Detectors – A must-have for any home. A smoke alarm and smoke detector is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life and death. With so many causes for a fire in your home in any room or area of your home. Having a smoke detector and smoke alarm is the first step toward your family’s safety and protection from a house fire.

Fire Extinguishers – A fire extinguisher is essential to preventing fire damage to the valuables in your home. As the fire department responds to your distress call and arrives at your home, the actual first responder to the fire you are experiencing in your home is you. When a fire happens in your home every moment counts, with a fire extinguisher at your side, you can add a few extra minutes to your safety plan and keep you and your family safe. A fire extinguisher is your active fire protection device and can control or extinguish small fires but should not be used for an out of control fire.

Know your Escape Plans – A fire in your home can spread quickly, leaving little to no time to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Every year in the United States, there are more than 2,500 deaths as a result of a house fire.  A fire can be a huge loss but does not have to mean a loss of life. A Safe Escape Plan can make all the difference. Be sure your family knows what to do if a fire strikes.

What to do if your House is on Fire

Call 911 – When experiencing a fire in your home the first step is to call 911 emergency services to your home. The fire department is a branch of the first emergency responders service to respond to your distress call of a fire.

preventing a house fire Identify the area – The 911 emergency dispatcher will ask you to identify the area where the fire is. After leaving your home in the case of a fire, you will be viewing your property from a safe distance where you will be able to provide the Fire Department with the information they need to properly and efficiently extinguish and control the fire.

Assess the Fire – After the fire has been extinguished and you are given access to enter your property again, you will have the opportunity to access the damage caused by the fire. This is important to gather important documents and personal valuables for safekeeping. After assessing the damage to your home and gathering the information, you will then have to decide what to do next.

Fight or Flight – The common name given to your psychological response to a potentially harmful event, attack or threat to survival is fight or flight. This describes your immediate reaction to the event. In this case, a house fire. What specialist say is there a 1 of two reactions, you either react to the situation by fighting, which in the case of a house fire should not be attempted by anyone who is not a trained professional or the second possible reaction, flight. Flight means you leave. In the case of a fire in your house, the best thing to do is have an established plan of action to get out. Flight, in the emergency situation of a house fire, will be the easiest way to keep you and your family safe and as far away from harm as possible.

Severe House Fire Tips

pass techniqueFire Moves with Air – Fire uses oxygen to burn this will make any added wind gusts or air in open spaces act as fuel to a fire creating immense smoke and decreasing the amount of oxygen and visibility.

Check the Door Knobs – While creating smoke and burning oxygen, a fire will also produce immense amounts of heat this will in turn heat the surface of surrounding things. For example, furniture plants windows and even door knobs. Remember when moving around your house during a fire to check the door knobs before grabbing them. Touching a door knob while hot may cause severe burns to your skin as well as creating a problem to your plan of getting you and your family out safely.

Keep your Head Down – With the fire burning oxygen and creating smoke a dense cloud will start to build this will, in turn, decrease the level of oxygen and visibility in a room. Being that smoke is a form of carbon dioxide and lighter than oxygen it fills a structure ( home ) from top to bottom, so visibility and level of oxygen will be greater towards the bottom of a room giving you the opportunity to breathe and see better by keeping closer to the ground.

Projekt Restoration

After assessing the damage to your home created by a fire, it is now time to make some difficult and maybe costly decisions. The damage from a fire in your home can leave your property unrecognizable. It can be possible that fire to your home can make your home inhabitable for some time. Projekt Restoration understands the stress and heart ache that comes with experiencing an event like this which is why our trusted professional restoration service is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week to help yours during those troubled times. Projekt Restoration devoted the team of fire restoration service will make any length of time you have to spend out of your home minimal. Projekt Restoration’s competitively priced service will make sure you and or your insurance company come to an agreement in no time and get you back in your house, and your property restored after a fire. Have some peace of mind before and after a house fire knowing Projekt Restoration will make sure you and your family are safe and sound in the comfort of your home.

After assessing the damage to your home created by a fire, it is now time to make some difficult and may be costly decisions. The damage from a fire in your home can leave your property unrecognizable. It can be possible that fire to your home can make your home inhabitable for some time. Projekt Restoration understands the stress and heart ache that comes with experiencing an event like this which is why our trusted professional restoration service is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week to help yours during those troubled times. Projekt Restoration devoted the team of fire restoration service will make any length of time you have to spend out of your home minimal. Projekt Restoration’s competitively priced service will make sure you and or your insurance company come to an agreement in no time and get you back in your house, and your property restored after a fire. Have some peace of mind before and after a house fire knowing Projekt Restoration will make sure you and your family are safe and sound in the comfort of your home.

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