Space Heaters Can Spell Major Fire Damage Trouble For Your Home In Chicago
Preventing Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home From A Space Heater
Chicago can experience some frigid winters, and one of the favorite ways to heat homes here is with space heaters. They are especially popular because of their small and portable size, which makes them easy to reposition. However, this preferred method of keeping warm can put your home in danger of a fire if it is not safely used.
When you have had minor fire damage from a space heater in your Chicago home, you still need the assistance of a professional remediation company to help you clean and restore your home. SERVPRO is always ready to help you with our expertise and tools to get the job done thoroughly and quickly.
Even with a minor fire, smoke residues affect the immediate area, plus may have traveled to other rooms of the home. Even with a light to moderate amount of smoke, SERVPRO technicians need to restore your home with dry or wet cleaning methods, depending on the surface where the soot and smoke are. A few areas may even need repainting, and only minor items need replacement.
To help prevent space heater fires, start by choosing the right one for your home. These appliances run on electricity, natural gas, or kerosene, and each type is recommended for use in different settings. Newer models have more safety features, so stick to these. Among these features is a safety switch in case the unit tips over. It lets the space heater turn off automatically if it gets knocked over, which helps prevent a fire.
Treat space heaters like candles. They should never be left running while unattended. If you leave the room, turn them off and keep about three feet of space around them. Operate them on a stable, level surface so they won’t be apt to be knocked over by passing pets or people. You also want to avoid putting the heater near curtains, furniture, or anything else flammable. Nothing should be put on top of the heater, and do not hang clothing on it to dry.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown hopes that your home in Cicero, Pilsen, or South Lawndale stays safe in the winter, but accidents sometimes happen. If you need our help cleaning up after a fire, call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out.
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