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Why SERVPRO Can Help You Prevent Fire Damage this Spring

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Many people know that Fall and Winter are the most common seasons to experience fire damage, with the hazards posed by candles, fire places, wood burning stoves, etc. So, now that Spring is finally here, it’s tempting to want to let your guard down. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to disaster.

Here at SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry we know that fire prevention safety is a year-round requirement. We pride ourselves on bring fire prevention leaders in this community, so we want to remind you that fire damage can happen any time, sometimes when you least expect it.

Here are 4 household items that you may be using this Spring that have been known to start fires and create significant smoke or fire damage:

  1. Electronic Chargers

Just make sure you use your chargers correctly!  You can help prevent fire damage by:

  • Not plugging multiple chargers into one outlet – this helps prevent overload.
  • Always using the correct charger for each electronic device.
  • Always following the manufacturer’s instructions when charging.
  • Removing the device from the charger once it’s fully charged.
  • Unplugging your chargers when they’re not in use.
  1. Hoverboards

Some hoverboard models have been known to suffer from battery explosions due to lithium-ion batteries that have a potential to overheat. In order to keep your hoverboard safe, you want to make sure to charge it properly, following the charging advice suggested above.  Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using your hoverboard.

  1. E-Cigarettes

If you’re trying to break an unhealthy addiction to smoking, e-cigarettes may be an important tool to help you stay nicotine-free. As the weather gets warmer, you may want to stay outdoors longer with your e-cigarettes – just make sure to stay fire safe!

E-cigarette fires are often the result of battery problems – make sure you only use the batteries and charger that have been designed for your e-cigarette model. In addition, it’s recommended to only use the designated accessories, as accessories from other manufacturers may not actually be compatible with your model.

  1. Electrical Outlets

Make sure that you use your electrical outlets properly and avoid overheating, especially as the temperature of the surrounding environment rises. You can help prevent fire damage by:

  • Making sure not to overload your electrical outlets, including paying attention to how much you load any given extension cord.
  • Looking for any frayed or damaged electrical cords, which should be replaced.
  • Not using any electrical outlets that may be damaged.

These tips and suggestions can help you keep you and your family safe from fire damage this Spring. And, if an unfortunate accident should occur, know that SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry is always available to help with any fire damage issue large or small.  We have all the advanced training and equipment needed to help restore your home to normal as quickly as possible.

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