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Keep your Home Safe from Fires While Away on Vacation

Now that spring is upon us, vacationers will soon start leaving their homes to enjoy long-awaited trips. Before you journey out to your dream destination, it's important to ensure your home is safe from possible fire hazards. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1.37 million home fires in 2021 alone. These fires caused a staggering 3,393 civilian deaths, 10,500 injuries, and a hefty $14.8 billion in property damage.

By implementing a few preventative measures, you can ensure peace of mind and enjoy your vacations to the fullest, knowing that your home is safe and sound.

  1. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they are in working order. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) emphasizes the importance of testing with a smoke detector tester, not just the hush button, to ensure proper functionality. Replace any expired batteries (typically every year) or malfunctioning units.

  2. Have the outsides of your home landscaped to get rid of leaves and risky tree branches. Clear leaves, dead vegetation, and risky tree branches minimizes potential fuel sources for fires. If ignited, the flames will quickly spread to your home. Regular maintenance of landscaping helps create a a defensible space around your home, reducing the likelihood of fire damage.

  3. Unplug unessential appliances to help prevent an electrical fire following a power surge. Electrical fires are a leading cause of house fires. To prevent an electrical fire, unplug unessential electronics like coffee makers, televisions, and lamps from power sockets. For essential appliances left plugged in, use surge protectors to guard against power surges. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)recommends plugging only one cord per outlet of a surge protector for optimal safety.

  4. Store combustibles in proper containers and keep away from flammable objects. Combustibles such as gasoline and propane should always be safely sealed in their proper containers. Keep them in a cool, dry place away from heat sources. Adhering to these guidelines ensures safe handling and storage practices, mitigating the potential for fire outbreaks.
  5. Check the weather forecast. Stay informed about upcoming weather conditions to address any fire-related risks and protect your home from volatile weather during your vacation. The American Red Cross provides comprehensive guidelines on preparing for emergencies, including wildfires, emphasizing the importance of staying informed about weather patterns.

  6. Ensure all doors and windows are closed to help prevent blazes.This helps contain a fire in one area and prevent it from spreading. The American Red Cross emphasizes this practice in their fire prevention guidelines.

  7. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home.Notify them of your vacation plans so they can check up on your home. You’ll have an additional watchful eyes on your property that will promptly report any suspicious activity or emergencies.

  8. Notify your security company of your absence (if applicable).If your home is equipped with a security system, informing the security company of your vacation absence is advisable. This proactive measure ensures that the security company remains vigilant and responsive to any alerts or incidents that may occur in your absence.

The aftermath of a house fire extends far beyond the physical damage to property; it's a deeply emotional and often overwhelming experience for families. At Joe's Pros, we understand the profound impact that fires can have on individuals and households. Having witnessed firsthand the devastation that accompanies such events, we are committed to providing compassionate support and expert assistance throughout the recovery process. Our dedicated team is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and resources to handle fire damage restoration with utmost professionalism and efficiency.


Frequently Asked Questions

Take preventative steps such as testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, landscaping to minimize fire risks, unplugging non-essential appliances, storing combustibles safely, checking weather forecasts for fire risks, and ensuring all doors and windows are securely closed.

The U.S. Fire Administration emphasizes testing with a smoke detector tester, beyond just the hush button, to ensure they are functioning properly. This is crucial for the early detection of fires and carbon monoxide levels, significantly reducing the risk of hazards.

Clearing leaves, dead vegetation, and risky tree branches can minimize potential fuel sources for fires. Regular maintenance of landscaping creates a defensible space around your home, reducing the likelihood of fire spreading.

Unplugging unessential electronics helps prevent electrical fires following a power surge. For appliances that must remain plugged in, use surge protectors and follow the Electrical Safety Foundation International's recommendation of one cord per outlet.

Store combustibles like gasoline and propane in proper containers and keep them away from heat sources in a cool, dry place. This practice mitigates the potential for fire outbreaks by ensuring safe handling and storage.

Notifying a trusted neighbor and your security company of your absence provides an additional layer of vigilance. They can monitor your property for suspicious activity or emergencies, ensuring a quicker response to potential risks.

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