Fire Safety Tips | Westchester & Fairfield Counties

After hearing a fire alarm, you may have a few minutes to get out of a building before it completely burns down. You and your family should have a strategy for getting out of the house in case of fire incidents like these. Planned escape routes and exits from buildings in the event of an emergency are lifesavers. As these incidents can frequently happen, you need to make it a practice to save your life.

First Response Restoration provides the best fire damage solutions for your residential and commercial properties. Call us at 914-268-6141 for a free, no-obligation estimate, or contact us online to arrange a consultation with a First Response representative.

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Fire Safety Tips By First Response

To ensure the safety of your loved ones and possessions, you should first check your fire and smoke alarms at least once a month so that you can know if the batteries are fully functional or not. There are several other tips that you might include in your checklist.

  • Kitchen safety: As reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), mistakes in the kitchen cause approximately 40% of all house fires. When it comes to fires, kitchens are one of the most common origin points. Avoid using water to put out a grease fire because it might make the condition even worse. You can spray the fire with a fire extinguisher or cover the pan with a lid. 
  • Portable heaters: In the winter, when indoor temperatures decrease, space heaters become a common heating source. Even while only around 2% of home heating fires are caused by mobile heating systems, they are responsible for 25% of home fire deaths, as reported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Don't use space heaters, fireplaces, or ovens near flammable materials, don't put space heaters on rugs but on hard surfaces, and never leave space heaters unattended.
  • Electrical issues: There is a lot of damage and lives lost because of electrical fires. These fires are caused by a variety of factors, including faulty or improperly placed wires, overloaded circuits, excessive use of electric cables, defective appliances, and poorly maintained electrical systems. Electric appliances like stoves, ovens, microwaves, TVs, and radios all have wiring that has to be checked. There should be no overloading of extension cables, and any damaged wiring should be replaced.
  • Tobacco use: Smoking cigarettes is a major contributor to fires, injuries, and deaths. Unattended cigarettes may burn cloth or wood for hours while flaming, so it's important to put them out completely. The only guaranteed way to make sure a cigarette is out is to drench the flame with water. This sort of fire can also release harmful chemical compounds that may cause health hazards.

Trust First Response For Fire Damage & Safety Solutions

Fire damage is a common occurrence, but you can rest assured knowing that our company is properly certified and insured to assist with board-ups to insurance claims. Our IICRC-certified professionals are ready with 24/7 emergency response. Call us at 914-268-6141 for a free, no-obligation estimate, or contact us online to book an appointment with a First Response team member.

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The customer called First Response as soon as they received their claim number from their insurance company. The weatherman was forecasting 3 days of torrential rain and it was crucial to get a tarp on the roof to protect the integrity of the structu...

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Project Manager Vinnie assessed the damage caused by the Fire, Smoke, Soot and Water, and brought in multiple crews to start the restoration process. The crews removed any standing water and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to lower the moisture l...

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Where there’s smoke, there’s usually a fire. When a fire starts where it shouldn’t, hopefully there’s water-and LOTS of it! The First Response crew arrived shortly after the Project manager finished his inspection appointment and started prep...

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