Fire damage is a whole lot more complicated than scorch marks and smoke. The consequences of fire damage are wide-ranging and have implications for your health as well as the integrity of your Kingman home.
From our fire damage restoration pros at Restoration 1 of Mohave County, here are a few facts about fire damage that might surprise you.
It is well known that soot damage is one of the most destructive consequences of a fire, however, these consequences are often underestimated. In reality, soot has extremely destructive effects on homes and on personal health. Soot contains microscopic particles that, even with protective equipment, can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Some of the most serious health issues include asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, and cancer. As for your home, soot is very difficult to clean up. It is also composed of very scratchy material, so moving it around while you’re attempting to clean it with a sponge can scratch the surface it is on.
Most people are aware that house fires are usually preventable. However, the fact that the VAST majority of house fires over 90 percent could have been prevented with basic fire prevention measures is not well known. Indeed, just doing the basics like practicing caution with outlets and avoiding open flames in your home can be the best way to secure your home. Replacing and maintaining electrical systems and others significantly decrease the likelihood of a fire occurring in your home.
It’s not a surprise that candles are a major fire risk, but it may be surprising to hear just how often they lead to tragedy. On average, candles cause thousands of house fires in the U.S. annually. This leads to almost 100 deaths each year and several hundred injuries. In general, it isn’t worth the risk to use candles for the limited benefit you get from candles over scent dispersion mediums. The likelihood of your candles leading to disaster is just too high.
Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes with no working fire alarm. Your chance of dying in a home fire is reduced when you have a functional smoke alarm. Smoke detectors are almost too affordable and easy to maintain, making them one of the most easily pushed down the priority list tasks. You will never regret taking the extra few minutes to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, but one day, you may be eternally grateful that you took the time to do so.
Don’t let fire damage get the best of you! If you ever experience a fire damage disaster in your home, pick up the phone and call us at Restoration 1 of Mohave County. Our restoration technicians will be right out to you to help you get back on your feet.