According the to U.S. Fire Administration, there have been 45 deaths so far this year in Wisconsin. This has become the second highest recorded number of deaths in Wisconsin due to fires in the last 5 years. While fires can occur any time of the year, the chances increased during the winter months. Having said that, here are some things to keep in mind as winter approaches.
- Now is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms if you haven’t already done so. The life span of a smoke alarm is also 10 years, so make sure to check the dates on your alarms and replace if necessary.
- Use caution in the kitchen as the Holidays are approaching. This is one of leading causes of home fires.
- If you choose to use a space heater, make sure to use the proper precautions.
- Never plug a space heater into a power strip or extension cord, always plug directly into an outlet
- Place the heater on a flat surface, never on cabinets, tables, furniture or carpet
- Always unplug and store it when not in use and never leave unattended when it’s running
Finally, it is so important to have an evacuation plan in place that you and your family practice. The more you practice it, the more it will become second nature if a fire does occur. A fire can be emotional and devastating, but we can help point you in the right direction and walk you through every step of the process so you always know what is going on. You spend years building the memories in your home and understand how important that is. Give SERVPRO of West Milwaukee a call today and we will make your fire “Like it never even happened.”