In Phoenix and surrounding communities, winter brings much-needed relief from intensely hot temperatures throughout most of the other seasons. While staying warm and cozy indoors is a comfortable way to spend time with family and friends, the unfortunate reality is that your home may be exposed to numerous smoke and fire hazards throughout the winter that may not be present throughout the other seasons. With this in mind, it is important to understand how to prevent the need of smoke and fire damage restoration in Phoenix at home this winter.
1. Check Electrical Cords
Between holiday décor, space heaters and other seasonal features, you may plug in many additional plugs in power outlets than you normally do. It is easy to overlook the condition of electrical cords as you hastily complete various tasks, but this can be detrimental. Cords that have been stored away unused for months may have been damaged by pets or pests. Perhaps they have simply grown old and are cracking. A smart tip to prevent smoke and fire damage at home is to inspect all cords before plugging them in.
2. Be Observant of Your Fireplace
If your home in the Phoenix area has a fireplace, you may be thrilled to finally have a chance to use it. Burning a fire in the fireplace is often relaxing and creates a warm, inviting environment. However, the flue and other features may have been damaged, and this creates a serious fire hazard. In addition, Christmas trees and many other items may be located too close to the fireplace, and they can quickly catch fire if a stray spark shoots out. Keep the fireplace enclosed when burning a fire, and never leave a fire unattended. You also should schedule annual chimney cleaning and inspection service.
3. Service Your Furnace
Many people turn the furnace on in the winter, and this is particularly true during winter nights when temperatures can plummet. Just as the fireplace should be properly maintained and inspected, the same holds true for your furnace. Regular maintenance service can promote energy efficiency, and it may also identify minor or serious areas of concern that should be addressed before the furnace is used for the first time of the season.
Smoke and fire damage may be localized or widespread throughout the home, and both of these types of damages can be detrimental to property value, your ability to use the home and more. If your home is already damaged by smoke and fire, reach out to us today for a consultation and estimate.