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Thursday 12 February 2015

Space Heater Fire Prevention Tips for Green Bay Residents

Posted at 1:39 PM

People need warmth, especially during winter. This fact results in most buildings having some method for heating open spaces. What happens if your shelter doesn’t provide as much warmth as you would like? Maybe you think creatively. Why not leave the oven on with the door open? That should work, shouldn’t it? No. One thing about machines is they need to be used for the purpose intended, especially ovens. Ovens are for cooking only. Continual use of ovens as a heat source can cause a house fire. The professionals at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings don’t want residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to need fire restoration, if at all possible.

Besides ovens, space heaters can cause fires, if used improperly. Read, and follow the safety instructions carefully. Your life could depend on it.

Follow these four steps to reduce your chances of having a house fire:

1) Only use the cord that came with the heater, and never use an extension cord.
2) Unplug the space heater at night and when you’re away from home. It isn’t designed for continual operation.
3) Keep it away from furniture, draperies, and other flammable objects. The instruction manual should specify what distance is safe for your particular model.
4) Occasionally inspect the cord and heater for any possible melting. If found, shut the unit off immediately.

Fire restoration is serious business. If you survive a house fire, there’s still smoke damage to contend with as well as water damage. Just because professionals can clean the aftermath doesn’t mean you would want to experience a fire. Believe us, you wouldn’t, if you could help it.

If you rent and have heating concerns in your home, consult with the landlord about this issue. If you own, sign up for an energy audit. Professionals can tell you how to reduce or eliminate drafts. They can recommend products and methods for increasing your home’s warmth. Many times you can get these audits for free.

The peace of mind you get from knowing your home is safe for you and your family is worth the effort of having an audit and following their recommendations.

Take steps today and every day to make sure you never have a house fire in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Despite your best efforts, if you do need fire restoration services, call ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings immediately!