Fire Damage In Tampa From Candles And Heaters
Fire Damage Restoration
As Tampa neighborhoods are starting to recover from the recent hurricane, routine items like inspection and maintenance get forgotten in the clean-up. Despite the desire to put everything back as it was before Irma, not paying attention to a few core issues can result in another disaster like a house fire.
Many homeowners overlook the things that are typically common sense. Recent events, however, have thrown common sense out the window, for those residents who still have windows. Power is on again to Tampa, but fire damage can happen even when surrounded by stormwater. SERVPRO advises everyone to remember these causes of fire damage and be ready for the next hurricane or tropical storm.
Candles are lovely for a relaxing atmosphere and a necessity when the power was out last week. In both situations, homeowners and residents forget to keep an eye on them, and a fire can happen in just a minute or two. We do not recommend candles, but if the next storm forces your hand, remember the following; do not use them in the bedroom, keep anything flammable a foot away from them, and don't burn them all the way down.
Folks forget how quickly the temperature drops at night around here. Space heaters are easy to run off a portable generator and provide some degree of comfort when everything else is still out. Most of them are not meant for continuous operation and can grow too hot. Worse, people hang socks or other clothing on the heater to dry them. SERVPRO recommends that our customers should turn them off before going to sleep or leaving home for any length of time.
Lastly, make sure your smoke detector is working. It is the simplest way to prevent a fire, but it is often the last thought in the mind of a homeowner when there are six inches of water in the living room. It may seem ridiculous, but we at SERVPRO cannot recommend checking the detector enough, even if you have water past your high-tops when you do it.
After any major disaster, there are a dozen things that need to get done each day, every day until you return to your home. Preventing another disaster should be one of them. Despite our training and experience, SERVPRO of West Tampa knows that the best way to stop any damage is to prevent it from happening. If you need our help with a current problem or want to get ahead of the next storm; call us today at (813) 855-0888.
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