October was National Fire Prevention Month and it’s no surprise why. With the colder weather comes greater opportunities for fire damage. Between lighting jack-o-lanterns to putting logs on the fire, you want to make sure you keep your home and family safe. ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration knows all too well the kind of destruction fire can wreak. That’s why we want to give you the tips and tools to prevent fires in your home. Let’s take a look at what to do:

Keep Clear: Move all flammable items away from stovetops, fireplaces, heating vents, or other heat sources. That also includes keeping clutter away from your home’s furnace system and storing paper products in a safe spot.

Install & Maintain Detectors: Invest in fire detectors, install them on every level of your home, and make certain to change the batteries out once a year. In order to be especially prepared, invest in a large battery pack so there are always back-ups on hand! It’s also important to test regularly test your fire detectors to make sure they’re in working order.

Clean Lint: Clothes dryers are the most common culprits of household fires. Make sure to clean the lint trap out before drying every load of laundry, and encourage other family or housemates to do the same!

Hide Matches: If there are children in the home, make sure to keep lighters and matches stored away in a safe place. It is most effective to store them somewhere completely out of reach. Also, teach children how to behave responsibly around matches and other fire sources.

Practice Safety: Always unplug space heaters when you leave the room, and make sure to blow out candles. Additionally, never place candles on a holiday wreath or tree. These items are highly flammable, and easily cause house fires!

Preventing fires in your Onalaska, WI, home is simple when proper precautions are taken. Follow the steps above to prevent fires, and consult the experts if you have any additional questions.

If you have questions about preventing fire, or have already experienced a house fire, give our professionals at ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration a call today!