Attic fires can happen at any time. The following are some tips you can follow to help prevent this kind of fire.
Some fire safety experts believe the installation of a whole house fan or attic fan may pose an increased risk for attic fires. That said, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of attic fan installation. If you cool your home with an attic fan, be sure it is constructed of quality material, such as metal. Plastic fan parts may pose a fire hazard. Inspect and clean yearly. If in doubt replace it.
Another tip for avoiding an attic fire is to simply clean up the area. This is especially true if you have a finished attic for storage use or one that is occupied for entertainment or sleeping purposes. Never leave appliances plugged in when they're not in use and don't overload your electrical outlets. Watch out for loose curtains or window furnishings that block vents. Don't store boxes or other items too close to a vent and, most importantly, do not store combustible items that may ignite in your attic.
Checking the electrical wiring and examining your chimney lining for flaws is another step that can help prevent an attic fire. Ensuring proper ventilation for your attic is also essential.
While you cannot entirely avoid the possibility of fires in your home, you do have a direct influence on the professionals selected to restore this damage fully after the incident. One of the key factors that can aid you in this choice is the team that can arrive whenever disaster strikes, with SERVPRO of Burlington’s 24-hour response that features the full measure of skilled professionals and advanced equipment to lessen the loss in your home in this troublesome time.