Staying warm in the winter in Wisconsin isn’t always easy. Some days you may be able to rely on your standard central heating system, but once the real cold sets in, it’s more likely you’ll turn to situation-specific heat producers such as heated blankets and space heaters. The fire damage repair specialists at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings want to remind all Oconto, WI, homeowners to use their supplemental heating devices cautiously by keeping all associated risks in mind this time of year, and with good reason!
While the technology of heating products is always improving, there’s still an inherent risk in using pretty much any type of heating device. Fireplaces are the most obvious source of fire damage in the average home during the winter since you’re dealing with an open flame. If the smoke from your fireplace isn’t being directed out properly, or if a stray ember ignites the carpet, you could be in real trouble real fast. Most homeowners know that preventing fire damage is pretty simple as long as you don’t keep combustibles near the fireplace, but fire damage from smoke can be just as bad. It may seem counter-intuitive to say never take your eyes off of the fireplace when you’re just trying to heat your home, but regularly checking in won’t hurt.
If your home always feels a bit chilly, you may be a fan of space heaters. Space heaters tend to be a fire damage risk largely because they can use a lot of electricity (causing sparks, shorts, or other wiring trouble) and you can put them anywhere. The general rule of thumb for space heaters is that you shouldn’t leave them running while you’re out of the house (or ideally out of sight), and to always keep them away from fabric, thick carpet, and paper products. Fire damage repair resulting from space heaters tends to be necessary when the heater has been placed in a questionable spot, or when the heater has tipped or leaned onto something flammable. Both of these situations are preventable with proper attention.
If your Oconto, WI, home has been impacted by winter fire damage and you’re looking for professional fire damage repair services, contact ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings today at (920) 336-741, or visit our website here for more information.