Fire. It’s a singular nightmare for a homeowner, a destructive force matched only by such catastrophic events as severe flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes. There are preventive measures which can be taken to reduce some of the risks of fire damage, but the possibility can never be completely neutralized.
One of the most important things that a homeowner can do to help minimize the risk of a house fire is to keep themselves well informed on fire prevention techniques. As in most things, knowledge is the key to success; know where a fire is likely to start, what is most likely to trigger it, and how it will spread. At Vigilant Restoration, a Myrtle Beach fire damage restoration company, we can help you to stay on top of fire prevention… and we’re always ready, 24/7, if the worst should come to pass.
Most homes and small business offices are not only filled with highly combustible materials, they’re quite literally built with them… everything from wood, to certain types of insulation, to the paint on your interior and exterior walls. If you add content such as fabrics, wooden furniture, plywood, electrical circuitry, and the vapors from certain common cleaning chemicals, you’ve got kindling and fuel in one convenient location.
• Never mix bleach, ammonia, or other cleaning agents. Some types of household chemicals, when mixed, produce invisible vapors. These may be highly flammable, as well as extremely toxic… and an unpredictable allergic reaction may lead to severe respiratory distress.
• Always monitor household wiring. If an electrical socket ceases to work, it may be the result of faulty or damaged wiring, which could potentially spark a fire within the walls of your house. Another common indicator of a potentially serious electrical problem is the sudden inability of a particular circuit on your circuit breaker panel to manage the same load it has previous; where once it covered your microwave and your coffeemaker just fine, now a circuit shuts off if both are run at the same time. Always contact an electrician in the event of any electrical problems; do not attempt to investigate them independently.
• Be wary of the proximity of fuel. Thousands of additional house fires are sparked each year, in the US, on or around Thanksgiving day. Many of these are due to practices such as deep-frying a whole turkey in one’s garage… surrounded by garbage, heavy-duty cleaning agents, and other readily flammable items most likely stored away and forgotten. Always know where the risks for fire are in your home.
Vigilant Restoration offers in-depth fire and smoke damage restoration services. When the worst happens, we are prepared 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our services include a free assessment of all damages and what we can provide for you, including item recovery: the removal of smoke damage effects from delicate items such as clothing, photographs, electronics, and many other traditional family valuables. For more information, give our Myrtle Beach offices a call today, or request a free quote through the use of our online form. A representative will get in touch with you as quickly as possible.
Myrtle Beach Office