Protect yourself from the hazardous haze and be prepared during a house fire in Iowa and Minnesota. It is important to know general prevention tips to help prevent fires from happening in your home. It is also important to make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order and that your family has an emergency escape plan in case of a fire emergency.

General Fire Prevention Tips

There are many prevention recommendations you should consider in order to prevent accidental fires from occurring in your property. Electrical fires are often the most unseen fires that can start very quickly in your home.

Quick Safety Tips For Preventing Electrical Fires in your Home:

  • Avoid using damaged or frayed extension cords or appliances with damaged cords.
  • Don’t connect multiple extension cords to one another. Your general hardware store supplies extension cords in many varying lengths.
  • Don’t plug too many appliances or cords into one single extension cords.
  • Keep non-electrical household items away from outlets to prevent fires caused from electrical sparks.

Smoke Alarms In Your Des Moines Home

Smoke alarms save lives. The Iowa State Fire Marshal Division requires that all new residential constructed homes be equipped with dual sensor smoke detectors. Dual sensor alarms use a combination of photoelectric and ionization sensors, which are typically used as two separate types of alarms. By combining the two sensors, a dual-sensor detector has the ability to detect both flash fires and smoldering fires the quickest.

Smoke Alarm Recommendations:

  • Smoke alarms should be positioned near bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Always position your smoke detector on the ceiling or no more than 1 foot below the ceiling on the wall.
  • For the best safety it is recommended that you purchase a smoke detector for every room in your home.
  • Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.

Emergency Escape Plans For Your Family

Even when you take preventative measures, fire emergencies can happen when you least expect them. You and your family should have an emergency escape plan and practice it frequently so that when a fire emergency actually happens, you are prepared!

Tips for Preparing an Emergency Escape Plan:

  • Establish one meeting place outside the house, far enough away from the property so you are safe from any heat, flames, or smoke.
  • Develop an initial exit plan and an alternative plan in case the fire prevents you from exiting your property using your first initial plan.
  • Practice your emergency escape plan with all family members at least 2 times a year.

Fire Safety For Your Home

After a fire disaster, ServiceMaster by Rice specializes in fire repair and cleanup. Our experts can visit your property, assess the damage, restore your property, deodorize your belongings, and begin corrosion control. Our crews have handled many very large fires and know how to properly restore your home and belongings to its pre-disaster condition. If you are affected by a fire or your property experiences smoke damage from fire, call ServiceMaster by Rice in Des Moines for quick and efficient fire repair, cleanup, and home restoration in Atlantic, Carroll, Spencer, Storm Lake, Okoboji, Cedar Rapids and Fairmont, Minnesota.