It’s officially fall in Indiana! Okay, not officially – but pumpkin spice is back on the market, Halloween decorations are out, and we think that’s close enough. It’s time for football, chili-making, and, best of all – fires! All these things go along with cooling temperatures and are best enjoyed by a comforting fire. While fires are generally contained within fireplaces or fire pits, occasionally, they sometimes spread, causing fire and smoke damage. In this blog, Five Star Complete Restoration discusses three common causes of house fires and what to do when they happen. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Electrical Fires
The first cause of house fires is faulty wiring. Electrical wires can become exposed or worn down in walls and attic spaces as homes age, causing a potential fire hazard. We recommend routine wiring inspections every five years and properly maintaining exposed wires to avoid this issue. When things do go wrong, though, acting quickly is important. Therefore, you must engage fire and smoke restoration professionals immediately.
Next, smoking indoors is another common cause of house fires. Cigarettes and cigars are known to start fires, so avoiding smoking indoors or near flammable materials is important. Additionally, lighters and matches should be kept away from children and never left unattended. Entire homes burn to nothing every year from these causes. While you can rebuild and reconstruct, preventing fires from the beginning is preferable.
3. Alterntive Heat Sources
Sometimes, people use alternative heat sources to stay warm. People may do this to heat a small space and save money. However, the risks outweigh the rewards. Ovens should never be used to heat a home, as this can cause an electrical overload that could start a fire. Additionally, never leave space heaters running too long or overnight while sleeping. Many utility companies offer programs during cold months for those who can’t afford service.
When Fire Happens
It’s important to call 911 immediately and evacuate the building in a house fire. Once out of harm’s way, contacting a professional fire restoration company is essential for mitigating further damage and beginning the process of restoring your home.
At Five Star Complete Restoration, we offer 24/7 emergency services to handle fire damage in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Our team of experts can provide full-service cleaning, repair, and restoration solutions for smoke or water damage from a house fire. We will work with you and your insurance company to restore your home to its pre-fire condition.
Keep your family safe this fall and avoid potential house fires by following these tips. If you have questions about fire restoration services in Indianapolis or need help in a house fire, contact Five Star Complete Restoration by calling (888) 322-1291.