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3 easy ways to prevent smoke and fire damage

residential fire damageDuring the cold winter months, it’s tempting to crank up the furnace and light the fireplace to chase away the chill in the air. But if you haven’t consistently safeguarded your home throughout the year, the fireplace may not be the only area in your house that contains a roaring fire.

To protect against smoke and fire damage, there are three easy steps every home and business owner should take:

  1. Place a smoke alarm on each floor of your house or workplace. Be sure to have one in each bedroom of a home, and store fire extinguishers within easy reach of kitchen and utility areas.Although the life expectancy of an average smoke alarm is ten years, make it a practice to check alarms each month. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
  2.  Have your furnaces, heating systems, chimneys and fireplaces serviced and cleaned on a yearly basis. Always leave repairs and cleanings to certified pros – they’ll make sure everything is safely done to standard.
  3.   Don’t overload electrical circuits, extension cords or fuse boxes. The same circuit should never have more than 1500 total watts plugged into it.

Above all, the safety of you and your family is what matters. Establish and practice a plan to get out of your home quickly should fire strike. Your local fire department can assist in helping you get a good escape plan in place.

For more information about 24/7 fire and smoke damage cleanup, contact ServiceMaster Clean In A Wink at 888-GET-WINK.