Winterize Your Home Now to Prevent Winter Fires

winterize your homeAlthough a house fire can occur anytime, it is well-known that the winter is a particularly dangerous time for fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, winter fires cause $2 billion in property damage and claim the lives of 890 people every year. Some of the causes of winter fires are already lurking in your home. Yet the good news is that most fires can be prevented. Take these steps to winterize your home and safeguard yourself against fires this winter.

Check Your Chimney

Since the fireplace is obviously a place where homeowners seek to contain a fire, maybe it should be no surprise that they can be a source of an unwanted fire too. As the by-products of a fire escape through the chimney, they leave behind a layer of residue called creosote. A highly flammable substance, creosote can easily catch fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that you have your chimney inspected once a year by a certified chimney sweep to ensure that your chimney is safe.

Tune Up Your Furnace

While Central Indiana residents could not go without a furnace, the fact is that you only use your furnace for 4 to 6 months out of the year. For the warmer months, your furnace will sit unused. During this idle time, mechanical problems may develop or worsen. Having your furnace tuned up can identify any issues your furnace may have and protect you from a fire as well as carbon monoxide poisoning or just a furnace that isn’t working when you need it.

Test Electrical Appliances

We use electricity every day, virtually from the time we wake up until we turn in for the night. It is integral to our lives in such a way that we can often forget how dangerous it can be. A frayed wire, a malfunctioning outlet, or an overloaded strip plug could quickly cause a spark, a flame, and a blaze. A wise homeowner will keep an open eye on electrical appliances, looking for anything that is out of order.

Maintain Smoke Detectors

Finally, working smoke detectors are important no matter what the season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should test your smoke detectors at least once a month. In addition, you need to change the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year, and the whole smoke detector should be replaced every 10 years. These vital life-saving devices are your first line of defense in the event of a fire in your home. Do not neglect their maintenance and upkeep.

Winter fires have the potential to cause extensive property damage and even loss of life. Taking these proactive steps can help you reduce the chance that you will be the victim of one. However, not all fires can be avoided. If you find yourself with fire damage, Moore Restoration will be a trusted partner as you begin to restore and rebuild your property. Call us right away to begin the restoration process and get your life back on track.