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How to Prevent a Home or Office Fire

A fire can be terrifying and have long-term effects on your home or place of business. Sometimes they occur by accident, but did you know that you can take preventative measures to limit the chance of a fire occurring?

Fires can be prevented, and you can take certain measures and precautions to ensure your safety and limit potential dangers.

Here are a few ways you can prevent a home or office fire.

Smoke Alarms

One of the most efficient ways to protect your home or business from a potential fire is to install smoke alarms. These are a great first line of defense because they will notify you at the onset of a potential fire.

Smoke alarms will trigger an alarm when they register elevated levels of smoke, which helps you act promptly before the concern gets to the level of a serious emergency.

When using these alarms, you must keep them in good condition. There are a few things that you can do when at home or in your place of business to ensure that they are working effectively.

First, test your smoke alarms regularly. We at Coventry Services suggest that you do this every month to ensure they are working properly and efficiently. 

How do you test them?

Testing could vary depending on the specific model you have, but most smoke alarms have a button that you can press to test them. Some alarms identify that button with the word ‘test’ on it. You should test each individual smoke alarm on all levels of the house or business to ensure they’re working properly and in conjunction with each other.

It is also crucial to be aware of the battery life of your smoke alarm. The smoke alarm will inform you when battery life is low with a short, quick beeping sound or something similar.

We suggest changing the batteries in all of your smoke alarms at the same time. This will ensure that all are working correctly and effectively together, and it also makes it easier to track which batteries have been updated.

You should also consider updating or replacing your smoke alarms every 5-10 years. This will give you peace of mind having the most up-to-date smoke alarm model to better protect your home or business.

Monitor All Rooms Regularly

There is a potential fire risk in every room of your home or place of business. It is crucial that you monitor all rooms regularly and adhere to necessary fire safety measures.

Did you know that almost half of all reported house fires start in the kitchen? This is because the kitchen has the most appliances that could turn into a potential fire hazard if not monitored.

Here are some tips you can implement with the rooms in your home or office:

Kitchen Area tips:

  • Avoid leaving the room if an appliance (stove, microwave, toaster, etc.) is in use
  • Ensure ALL flammable items are away from cooking areas
  • When finished using small items (toaster, toaster oven, griddle, etc.), unplug them from the outlet
  • When not actively using the stove or oven, be sure all knobs are in the ‘OFF’ position
  • Have a fire extinguisher readily available in case a fire occurs

Bedroom Tips:

  • Before going to sleep, turn off and unplug any space heaters, heated blankets, and other heating devices
  • Avoid smoking in the bedroom
  • Extinguish any candles before going to sleep

Bathroom Tips:

  • Unplug any electronic devices when not in use (hairdryers, straighteners, etc.)
  • Extinguish any candles before leaving the room

Office Tips:

  • Turn off any non-emergency lights and electronic devices before leaving
  • Be careful not to overload any outlets or circuits with plug-in devices
  • Do NOT use damaged electrical outlets or cords

Outside Area Tips:

  • Keep any flammable products away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Power off your grill, fire pit, or outdoor heaters when not in use
  • Turn off any propane tanks when not in use

Monitor all of the rooms in your home or office building daily to ensure optimal fire safety.

Develop a Safety Plan

Fire prevention tips are a great way to help prevent a fire, but it is still equally important to develop a safety plan if one occurs. Whether a fire occurs in your home or place of business, review your fire safety plan with your family or team members.

Here are some tips when developing your fire safety plan:
  • Have a discussion with your family or team members about fire safety
  • Discuss and establish an escape route from each room
  • Determine a meeting place away from your house or business to ensure everyone got to safety
  • Review where any fire extinguishers are located
  • If you’re in a multi-floor home or business, review where any safety ladders are located
  • PRACTICE your safety plan and escape strategy at least once every 1-2 months

Developing and practicing a fire safety plan will make a difference if a fire does occur, so take your fire safety plan seriously.

Help is on the Way

If you are located in the D.C. Region, from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, call Coventry Services in the event of a fire as we offer 24/7/365 rapid response fire damage restoration and fire loss restoration. Our team will respond quickly to assess fire and smoke damage to help salvage as much as possible.

Contact our rapid response team today to discuss the emergency! Help will be on the way!