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4 Tips to Keep Your Columbia, SC Home Fire Damage Free

Posted: 22 Mar, 2016 by:

The way to prevent fire damage in your Columbia, SC home?

Prevent fires! And since warm weather isn’t consistently with us yet, the biggest fire threat comes from heating sources. Read on for tips on how to keep your home safe, adapted from the National Fire Protection Association.

Be space heater smart. Put them on a flat, uncarpeted floor. Use according to manufacturer instructions at the lowest comfortable setting, and keep anything flammable at least three feet away. Steer kids and pets clear, too. Turn heaters off when leaving the house or going to bed.

Learn to extinguish your fireplace. Water isn’t enough. Stir and flatten the embers, then dump ash on them. When the fire is low, douse it with baking soda or sand. Wait to ensure the fire is out, then use water if necessary. After several hours, scoop the ashes into a metal container and store in a safe place outside your home.

Never use your oven to keep warm. No further explanation needed. Just don’t. Using an oven to keep warm is extremely dangerous.

Test smoke alarms monthly. All it takes is standing on a chair and pressing the test button. Batteries low? Don’t wait to replace them!

Catastrophe Services is your partner for fire damage repair in Columbia, SC. But we’d rather you didn’t need us, so click above for more fire safety tips!

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