This article has some great tips to help you keep your home both warm and safe from electrical fires duringthe colder months. It’s safe to see that the warm weather has well and truly left us, with each morning becoming colder and colder. And while your first instinct is to turn on a heating element, before you do, make sure that the appliances are safe and that you know how to avoid unnecessary fire risks.

Keep Your Home Both Warm and Safe

To get you started, Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services has the following tips which can help you to reduce the risk of a fire in your home.

Never Leave a Heating Appliance Turned On

It doesn’t matter if you are just going to the corner store to pick up some milk, if you are going to hang the clothes on the line in the backyard, of you are making a quick trip to pick up your kids from school, if you leave the house or even the room, be sure to switch off your heating elements. Why? Because something as simple as a family pet brushing past a portable heater to knock it over and start a fire on your carpet or your drapes. The best advice when it comes to using heating elements is to never leave them unattended.

Use the Dryer

There is no denying that warming up a blanket on your heater is an effective way to get it ready for use as you watch a movie on the couch. There is also no denying that this is the easiest way to start a fire in your home. While you may think it isn’t possible, an item of clothing left on a heater can easily and quickly catch alight, especially if you forget it is there as the movie starts. Preventing electrical fires in your home is important as the weather gets colder, and a task which many homeowners overlook. Don’t be the homeowner that wished they protected their home, and do your best to protect it. For further advice on the matter or to book an appointment for attendance, inspection, and report from the leaders in property restoration, Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services. Call today at 888-IDO-FIXX or 888-436-3499.

Check Your Cords

When it the last time that you took a tour of your home and checked the cords of all your appliances? While you might not think it matters, it only takes a small amount of moisture to settle on a frayed cord to cause a serious electrical fire. This is the case even for appliances which you don’t use to heat your home. The best thing you can do to prevent this is to look at all of the appliances in your home and inspect their power cord. If you can see any fraying or chunks taken out, or even worse, exposed wires, be sure not to use the appliances until the cord has been replaced and the appliances have been tested for safety.

Extension Cords

Speaking of cords, not only does the tip above to your extension cords, but their use also comes with another warning. Don’t use them! Extension cords are a convenient item to have around the house, but it’s important that you realize their limitations. Heating appliances should always be plugged directly into a wall socket. Extension cords aren’t designed to be used for long period of time and can cause problems of their own when they are. For this reason, be sure to plug your heating appliances directly into the socket. If you don’t have enough sockets, install new ones instead of using an extension cord.

Space Heater

Easily the most favored of all of the heating appliances, a space heater is a handy little device which can quickly heat up a room. Of course, they can also quickly cause a fire in your home. Whether it’s the heat from the coils igniting tassels on your carpet or rug or even a nearby furniture item, space heaters can do damage. For this reason, it’s important that you only use a space heater in an open space with nothing around it. While this may mean that you have to keep the heater in the middle of the room and not right at your legs to keep them warm, it also means a safer home environment for you and your family.

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If you re unlucky enough to have already suffered from a fire in your home, help is at hand. Speak with a trained professional at Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services today by calling 888-436-3499 to book an appointment. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, trust in their services to restore your property quickly and thoroughly.
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