If you could give your family ten more minutes to escape a burning house, would you do it? That’s the margin of time you can add if you furnish your house with materials that are either fire resistant or burn more slowly. Along with the usual precautions recommended by fire departments, this warning about fast-burning furnishings is becoming more frequent, along with the recommendation of installing a sprinkler system in the home. That’s right. Despite the advent of modern, inexpensive warning systems and fire fighting knowhow, the average home in America will probably burn faster and cause flare-ups because of the chemicals in modern furnishings. If your home is unfortunate enough to be struck by fire, remember that ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip is ready to respond immediately with fire damage repair and restoration services anywhere in DeKalb County.
According to tests conducted near Chicago and reported by United Press International, the time available to safely leave a burning home is now only three minutes. That compares to up to 17 minutes back in the 1970s. What happened? If you look closely at the home furnishings produced over the last three decades, you will find that drapes, furniture, and the stuffing in cushions are much more likely to include polyurethane or other synthetic materials created by using petrochemicals.
Some of the demonstrations that prove this point were conducted by a fire department near Chicago and are included in a dramatic video shown as part of an ABC news report. It’s a strong argument for checking out the fire rating on any furniture you buy for your home and for keeping your warning system—both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors—up to date. Make sure fire extinguishers are reachable and fully charged.
When you need help after a fire, call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip as soon as possible at 815-498-9696. We can start packing out debris, removing water, and boarding up holes immediately. We’ll then provide expert fire damage repair and restoration for your home in DeKalb, Sycamore, Sandwich, Somonauk, Cortland, or Genoa.