Each property, whether commercial or residential, should have a fire protection system and protocol in place. This means that property residents should have a fire escape plan, but just as importantly, you need to know how to prevent fires in the first place. Fire protection encompasses a wide range of services, but you as a home or commercial property owner should know how to take your own measures to minimize the risk of fires. With that in mind, here are just a few mistakes to avoid if you want to protect your property from fires and increase personal safety.
Using electronics with frayed cords.
This is one of the most common mistakes people make on a daily basis, and it can impede safety. The fact is, even with modern technology, frayed or otherwise damaged cords can spark and cause a fire if an outlet becomes overloaded. If a cord becomes frayed, dispose of it responsibly and invest in a new one — it could save you thousands in the long run, but more importantly, your safety is priceless.
Not deep cleaning your dryer’s lint trap.
Shockingly, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Fires started as a result of dryer lint clogs are much more common than you think. And contrary to popular belief, cleaning the part of your dryer’s lint trap that’s reachable isn’t always enough to minimize the risk of a fire. You’ll need to consult the professionals for dryer vent cleaning services to make sure the lint that’s trapped in hard-to-reach areas is removed safely.
Not consulting a professional.
Even avoiding all the mistakes listed above doesn’t keep your property completely safe — that’s where the fire protection experts come in. Property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers, and fire protection experts can form a customized sprinkler system plan based on the layout of your home.
Ultimately, you’ll have to work alongside the experts to achieve the optimal level of fire protection your property needs. For more information about residential or commercial plumbing and fire protection, contact us today.