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Make Sure Your Mequon Home Is Safe From Winter Fires | SERVPRO® of Ozaukee County

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

House fires are more common during the winter months, especially in cold states like Wisconsin and communities like Mequon, Thiensville, Grafton, Cedarburg, Port Washington, and Belgium.

Experts name a variety of reasons for this fire risk increase. They include the holidays and extra time spent in the kitchen, as well as accidents that can happen when a home’s heating malfunctions. Since heaters and other heating systems are engaged more often during the cold months, that often drives an increase in risk.

These fires can damage property and cost families heirlooms, and they can even cause injuries and take lives. According to industry experts, as many as 890 people die from house fires every year.

Simplifying Fire Prevention

Of course, even homeowners who take necessary prevention steps aren’t always immune to the dangers fires can pose. But our team pulled together these simple tips that can help you make your home safer from fire hazards:

Maintain your home’s furnace. Even furnaces that seem to be working well should be checked by a professional for problems every year. Clogged vents and dirty, rusting blades can actually create a fire hazard in your home.

Use your candles wisely. If candles are left burning when you leave home or placed in a location where they can easily topple, then they can become a fire hazard. Don’t leave your candles burning; blow them out instead.

Use your space heater the smart way. Plug your space heater directly into your wall outlet, even if that means you have to rearrange your furniture. Be sure it’s clear by at least three feet on each side.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on SERVPRO OF OZAUKEE COUNTY for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family. 262-242-8888.

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