Preventing Fire Damage To Your Green Hills Home This Summer
Hot, humid Nashville weather is here to stay for the summer season, and all the static electricity in the air paired with the high temperatures are a recipe for fires everywhere, including Green Hills. House fires can be sparked by a wide variety of incidents--from leaving your stove on to a spark catching flame in your dryer. Nevertheless, you can take action to minimize the chances that your home will not experience fire damage.
How Do You Prevent Fire Damage to Your Green Hills Home?
There are a few steps that you can take to prevent fire damage to your Green Hills home this summer.
- Test your fire/smoke alarms every month. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you never know when the batteries in your smoke detectors decide it’s time to quit on you. Make it a routine habit to check your fire/smoke alarms every month, replacing any batteries as necessary.
- Clean your dryer’s lint trap and external vent. After continuously drying loads of laundry for days and weeks on end, your dryer’s external vent can experience lots of buildup from the lint that doesn’t get caught in its lint trap. Especially during the summer months, you should make sure that your home’s external vent is cleaned and replaced if necessary. Always removing the lint from your dryer’s lint trap after every use is also a good practice to adopt.
- Regularly wipe down your kitchen. Any grease lingering on your stove or oven is a recipe for disaster waiting to happen. Fire damage can often easily be traced back to grease in your kitchen, so making it a habit to clean your stove, oven, and all your other kitchen appliances will ensure that you minimize the chances of a grease fire occurring.
How Else Can You Lower the Chances of Fire Damage in Your Green Hills Home?
In addition to the preventative measures listed above, you can also proactively protect yourself and your home from fire damage by doing the following.
1. Invest in homeowners’ or renters’ insurance.
Make sure that your homeowners’ insurance policy includes house fires. In the unfortunate event that fire damage does occur, you want to have peace of mind that your insurance will cover any damages that are beyond repair. This will prevent you from losing everything even if an emergency hits.
2. Store flammable lawn clippings and other outdoor materials in safe places.
Don’t just leave dry leaves and lawn clippings in piles in your yard. This puts your home in a prime position to act as kindling for any fire that occurs within these flammable materials close by. Dispose of flammable outdoor materials as soon as you can, and while you’re waiting to get rid of them, keep them far away from your house to minimize the chances that your house catches fire if they somehow do.
3. Make sure your family knows your emergency fire escape plan.
Every homeowner should have an emergency fire escape plan in case of fire in your Nashville home. Write the plan down and go over it with your roommates, family members, or tenants so that they are prepared if the worst comes to pass.
If you ever find yourself in need of fire damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of fire restoration specialists who can restore your home or business to preloss condition. For more information on our disaster restoration emergency services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.