5 Simple Ways to Avoid Burning Your House Down

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  1. 1. 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID BURNING YOUR HOUSE DOWN www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  2. 2. DID YOU KNOW THAT FIRE DAMAGE CAUSED BY ELECTRICAL FIRES KILLS MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE PER YEAR, AND CAUSES MILLIONS, ACTUALLY MAKE THAT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  3. 3. WE WANTED TO SHARE 5 VERY SIMPLE WAYS FOR YOU TO GO THROUGH YOUR HOME (OR BUSINESS) AND IDENTIFY POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  4. 4. #1. INSPECT ELECTRICAL WIRING. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  5. 5. WIRING IS NOT MEANT TO LAST FOREVER AND SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY 10 YEARS OR SO, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER HOME. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  6. 6. ACCORDING TO THE COPPER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, ALL MODERN HOMES SHOULD HAVE 12 AMERICAN WIRE GAUGE (AWG) SOLID COPPER WIRING INSTALLED TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF TODAYS APPLIANCES. IF YOUR HOME HAS THE THINNER 14-AWG, YOU NEED TO CALL AN ELECTRICIAN AND HAVE IT LOOKED AT. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  7. 7. #2. CHECK FOR BROKEN PLUGS OR FRAYED CORDS www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  8. 8. DO AN INSPECTION OF YOUR APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; LOOK FOR CORDS THAT ARE FRAYED AND PLUGS THAT ARE BROKEN. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  9. 9. FAULTY WIRING IS THE CAUSE OF MANY OF THESE ELECTRICAL FIRES. DURING YOUR INSPECTION, IF YOU SEE A FRAYED CORD, UNPLUG THE APPLIANCE OR ELECTRONIC AND MAKE A VOW THAT UNTIL THE CORD IS FIXED, YOU WONT USE THE ITEM AGAIN. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  10. 10. #3. DONT OVERLOAD ELECTRICAL OUTLETS www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  11. 11. WHEN WE OVERLOAD OUR OUTLETS, WE CAN CAUSE IT TO SPARK AND START AN ELECTRICAL FIRE. THIS IS CALLED OVERLOADING AND IS ANOTHER COMMON CAUSE OF ELECTRICAL FIRES. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  12. 12. IF YOU MUST USE A POWER STRIP, USE ONE WITH AN INTERNAL OVERLOAD PROTECTION. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  13. 13. #4. KEEP FLAMMABLE MATERIALS AWAY www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  14. 14. ANY ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE CAN START A FIRE IF IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH ANYTHING FLAMMABLE; THAT INCLUDES TOWELS, BLANKETS AND RUGS. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  15. 15. "HIDING" AN UGLY EXTENSION CORD UNDER RUGS OR CARPETS CAN ALSO CAUSE A FIRE. IN THE EVENT THE EXTENSION CORD OVERHEATS, THE RUG OR CARPET THAT SITS ON TOP OF IT IS GOING TO GO UP IN FLAMES. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  16. 16. #5. REPAIR FAULTY WIRING ASAP www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  17. 17. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LAMPS THAT FLICKER, RECEPTACLES THAT SPARK WHEN YOU PLUG SOMETHING INTO THEM, OR BREAKERS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY TRIPPING. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  18. 18. PLEASE CALL IN AN ELECTRICIAN AND HAVE THEM DO A THOROUGH INSPECTION OF THE PROBLEM IF YOU FIND ANY OF THE ABOVE HAPPENING. ANY ONE OF THESE COULD CAUSE A SPARK, AND A SPARK CAN BECOME A FIRE. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  19. 19. 3 ADDITIONAL SAFETY TIPS www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  20. 20. INSTALL SMOKE DETECTORS ON EVERY FLOOR, INSIDE EVERY BEDROOM AND OUTSIDE BEDROOM DOORS. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  21. 21. TEST YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS MONTHLY. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  22. 22. CREATE (AND PRACTICE) YOUR HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN IN THE EVENT A FIRE DOES OCCUR. TEST YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS MONTHLY. www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration
  23. 23. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EMERGENCY FIRE & WATER RESTORATION, OR THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE, GIVE US A CALL AT 414-810-3522, OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.EMERGENCYREST.COM www.emergencyrest.com EmergencyFire& WaterRestoration