Fire is nobody’s friend! It comes like a thief without prior notice and steals your precious possessions. You should be very careful and take proper precautions to keep your premises and its occupants safe from fire damage.
If anything in your house catches fire while you are home, you might be able to act quickly and extinguish it before it can cause any serious damage. But what happens if there is a fire at your home while you are on vacation?
Fire can wreak havoc in minutes. While the firefighters may arrive at your property and extinguish the fire while you are away, the damage will likely be done by the time they are finished putting out the flames. We recommend you take these precautions before leaving for a vacation to decrease the likelihood of your home catching fire.
How to Prevent Fire Damage While You Are Away
Make Sure that All Smoke Alarms are Working
The batteries in your smoke alarms will not last forever. If the battery is dead, the alarm will not go off in the event of a fire. So before leaving for a vacation, make sure to test all smoke alarms and replace the batteries to ensure they do not die while you are away. If the smoke alarm goes off a neighbor may hear the alarm. Hopefully, they will call the fire department and they will send a team that might save your home before it turns to ashes.
Inform Your Neighbors
Ask your trusted neighbors to stay alert and keep an eye on your home while you are away. This can help prevent a fire from spreading or from stopping it before things get out of hand. Even if you are taking precautions before leaving, it helps to have someone around to double-check.
Unplug Unnecessary Equipment
You are likely not going to be using any of your electrical home appliances while you are on vacation. So unplug them. This will not just reduce the likelihood of a fire but it will also help you save money on electricity bills.
Note: Do not ever make the mistake of shutting off the electrical power to your entire house. This is because your sump pump runs on electricity and it will not be able to pump water out of your basement if you turn off the main electrical supply.
Even if you take these precautionary measures, there is still a chance that your home can catch fire while you are enjoying your vacation. If that happens and you return to find your home damaged by fire, call the experts at Service Team of Professionals (S.T.O.P.) to restore your property.
We offer our fire and smoke damage restoration services in the areas of Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County. We have certified technicians ready to help put your home back together again. Please call us at 844-777-STOP to get immediate emergency services or schedule an estimate.