The West Coast is on fire. Here's what you can do.
As fires continue to rage on all along the west coast, the harsh realities of living in a fire hazard zone truly set in. At the end of August, we are seeing some of the biggest wildfires on record in California, Oregon, and Washington state.
SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights / Rowland Heights would like to share a few fire tips that may reduce your chances of experiencing a fire at your home or business.
These tips can be found and further elaborated on here.
- Buy and learn how to use a fire extinguisher. The kitchen is the best room in a home to keep an extinguisher, as this is where you are most likely to use fire on a regular basis.
- Make sure children are taught fire safety from a young age. Electrical cords, matches, lighters, combustible chemicals, and other common causes of fires should be discussed so children know not to be careless around them, if use them at all.
- If you or your children plan on being near an open flame, ensure that there is no excess fabric on clothing that may easily catch fire. Fire-retardant pajamas can also be purchased here.
- Use proper fuses in electrical boxes, do not overload outlets, and use insulated and grounded electrical cords.
- Attics, basements, and yards should be kept free of debris as much as possible.
- Lawnmowers, chainsaws, and weed whackers typically use gasoline to function and may also be a spark hazard. Be sure to exercise caution when using these tools.
This list is not exhaustive but it is a great starting point to ensure the continued safety of your family and your property. If you experience a fire loss, give us a call at 626-833-0774.