10 Steps to Take to Prevent a House Fire
KCHB Channel 41 reported last Monday that “Kansas City, Missouri, firefighters are working to determine what caused a fire that damaged homes near 11th Street and Ewing Avenue .” Did you know there are 10 steps to take to prevent a house fire?
“The fire caused substantial
damage to two homes, one of which was occupied and the other vacant.”
“The Kansas City Fire
Department told 41 Action News that firefighters believe the blaze started
between the two houses.”
“The American Red Cross is
assisting one person. No injuries were reported.”
“KCFD said the cause of the
fire remains under investigation.”
Terra Firma Property Solutions, LLC remind you that many house fires
can be prevented. Make sure you have working fire alarms in all bedrooms. They will
save the lives of your family. There are 10 steps to prevent a house fire:
10 Steps to Take to Prevent a House Fire
- Have your heating system serviced regularly by a
including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources
and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
- Remove lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint
trap make your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep
heat from building up in vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils.
Also, never let your dryer run when you’re out of the house or when you’re
- Keep firewood, piles of leaves, and garbage away from
Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; We are talking to you
smokers.keep them in a metal container well away from your house and
- Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload
an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and
never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Store containers of cooking oil well away from the
cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire,
turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or
pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to
carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire
bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
- Avoid using an older space heater,
as it may not have adequate safety features compared to newer units. When
purchasing a new space heater, ensure it is UL Listed, and pay attention
to the safety features.
- Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains,
or other objects that could easily catch fire.
- If you plan to install an alternative heating system,
such as a wood or pellet stove, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions. If you are unsure about how to properly
install the system, consider hiring a professional to do the installation.
- Before installing a wood or pellet stove, check to
ensure it complies with the laws of your state and municipality.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or
trees in your fireplace—these can all spark chimney fires.
If You Still Experience a Fire After All the Preventive Measures,
- Know who to call – It is your responsibility to call your insurance agent. This is a priority. Calling your insurance starts all the paperwork to establish a claim. Call relatives. Call the Red Cross who are used to helping families like yours.
- Establish a home base – Try to get back to a normal routine as quickly as possible. You will need temporary housing, clothing, basic bathroom items, medicines, school clothes for children, etc. Be sure to document everything to be reimbursed by your insurance company. You may even need to ask for a draw on your policy for the basics.
- Get a copy of the fire report – A fire report will discuss where in the house the fire occurred, the time of the incident, the date of the incident and the incident number if it comes through a fire department.
- Secure the property – the insurance company will require this.
- Keep track of all your expenses and correspondence regarding your loss. A three-ring binder is a handy way to document the process.
- Coordinate with your insurance company the work needed to restore your home from fire, smoke, and water damage.
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