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How To Prevent A House Fire in Atlanta

How To Prevent A House Fire

Home is where the heart is. It’s the embodiment of comfort and security.

Yet statistics show that eight out of ten fire-related deaths occur within the home. Accidental house fires are the third most common cause of accidental deaths in the home.

Accidents aren’t inevitable. In almost every case, they are preventable. By following just a few simple steps, you can lower your risk of accidental fire in Atlanta considerably.

Threat 1: Cooking

Stove top cooking is the leading cause of fires within the home. Many of the Atlanta fires begin when a homeowner puts something on the stove, then becomes distracted and forgets about it. By the time they return, the fire is large and often out of control.

The solution is to never leave the kitchen once you have something on the burner. If you do have to leave, turn the stove off. Before you pick up the phone or answer the door, turn the heat off.

Threat 2: Heating

The second most common home fire occurs during the winter months when you try and bring warmth into your Atlanta home. Portable, electric space heaters cause a great deal of trouble as sheets, drapes and other flammable materials come in contact with them.

While we don’t recommend using them because of the dangers, always remember that space heaters require 3 feet of clearance in all directions before operating. That means keeping it away from curtains, furniture, beds, people and pets. In addition, you should have your HVAC equipment checked and repaired each season to avoid cold spots that settle in your home. HVAC equipment in poor working condition is almost always the reason you bring in additional heat sources in the first place.

Threat 3: Electrical

Faulty or deteriorating electrical cords are another top cause of Atlanta home fires. When cords become cracked or frayed, they can send sparks to flammable surfaces, causing a fire. Avoid using extension cords as they are serious potential fire hazards.

Don’t ignore electrical problems. If you notice a questionable electrical cord, discontinue use and replace the item immediately. If you notice lights blinking or trouble with outlets when you plug items in, call in an electrician to analyze the situation immediately.

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If you think you are at risk of a house fire in Atlanta due to your home’s electrical system or wiring, call R.S. Andrews for help or service at 770-913-6412!

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