The worst time to discover your smoke alarm needs servicing or your fire extinguisher isn’t charged is when a fire occurs in your home. You can regret your lack of attention to these details for years to come, but only preparation can prevent property loss or disaster. ServiceMaster by Skip is your expert in fire disaster clean up, repair, and restoration, but we will be the first to repeat that old cliché about an ounce of prevention. Summer is an ideal time to look at the fire safety devices in your home in Sycamore, DeKalb and surrounding communities.
The University of Illinois Extension Service advises you to have a multipurpose fire extinguisher in almost every room. Those are the ones labeled ABC and are effective on general combustible such as paper, cardboard or cloth, as well as flammable liquids and any kind of electrical fire. Don’t try to use an A-type extinguisher on any other kind of fire, as you’ll only make matters worse. If you don’t see all three letters, think twice. And don’t buy a new extinguisher for you home unless it’s multipurpose. You don’t have time to double check letters and labels when your home is threatened.
If you want to be environmentally minded and recharge your extinguishers, buy the re-usable kind with metal heads that can be easily refilled. Then locate the nearest recharging station to your home. Far too many homeowners have empty extinguishers around. They intend on filling them but never get around to it or don’t realize they aren’t rechargeable. Even a small one-time-use extinguisher is better than an empty canister. Mount extinguishers near doorways or exits so you’ll not only have a fire-fighting tool, but a handy means of escape if things get out of hand.
Also check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. These should be in every room. People often lull themselves into false security by placing smoke detectors only in furnace rooms or kitchens. A fire can start anywhere and the smoke can be contained for long periods before seeping to nearby areas.
If fire gets out of control in your home, evacuate and call the fire department. Then call ServiceMaster by Skip for your best option in fire damage repair and restoration in DeKalb, Sycamore and DeKalb County.