With fire season upon us, are you looking for everything you can to prevent fire damage? Do you know the basics of preventing fires, but want some advanced tips, or some things that you might not have thought of? Over the years, we’ve found that most folks know the fundamentals of preventing fires: working smoke alarms, readily available fire extinguishers, not putting handles over flames on stoves, that kind of thing. However, there are some other things you can do. The truth is that, unfortunately, fires aren’t 100% preventable. Fire can always occur and then damage your building. Should that be the case, our fire damage cleanup in Los Angeles can be there swiftly. 

Yes, Have a Working Smoke Alarm, But Also… 

You should test it. The “National Fire Protection Association” says that you should test it once a month. That’s far, far more often than most people test it. A good rule of thumb: if you can’t remember the last time you tested your smoke alarm, then now is a good time to test it. Also: be careful about where you put the smoke alarm. If it’s too close to a vent, a grate, a window, something that might have its own airflow, then that could diminish (or even destroy) the smoke alarm’s effectiveness. 

Potential Fire Damage Prevention Outside the Home 

Should a wildfire run through your area, there’s not all that much you can do except to gather what you can and evacuate with your loved ones. But, making the perimeter of your property as fire-resistant as possible can help. Making sure that there’s nothing (or at least as little as possible) around your property, such as ill-maintained plants/trees/vegetation, debris, or even chemicals. Clearing those from around your property as well as your AC unit can even help with your energy efficiency, too. If you’re unsure what to do, walk around your structure/property and ask yourself: “is this flammable?” If so, it could be a good idea to move it. 

After the Fire – What You Can Do 

Again, we cannot stress enough that nothing is foolproof when it comes to preventing fires. Even if you’re very conscientious, even if you do everything right, you could still suffer fires and their subsequent damage. Should that be the case, you want to open the windows and doors, take pictures, shut off your water, gas, and electricity as well as empty your fridge as soon as it becomes safe to do so. 

Our Fire Damage Cleanup in Los Angeles is Ready 

In the wake of fire damage, it’s natural to feel devastated, as if there’s nothing you can do. However, that’s not the case. Here at Scope Environmental, we have a proven track record of being able to help to restore homes and commercial buildings (as well as so many of the belongings and interiors) to a true pre-loss state. Moreover, you can call us at any time, day or night, every day of the year. Hopefully, you never have to worry about fire damage, but if so, you can reach us at (855) 961-2660.