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Preventing Fire Damage
By Jonathan Meyer
Fire is used daily in every household. The common uses of fire are cooking, heating, and lighting of cigarettes. Other, less common uses include candles and oil lamp lighting.
No home is immune from fires. But you can learn how to take measures to reduce the risks and prevent fires before they begin.
Fires can happen at any time and can originate from many sources including: stoves, ovens, BBQ grills, electric heaters, gas heaters, fireplaces and even small candles.
Whether caused by a forgotten burning cigarette or by a major gas leak, fire causes much more than debris and smoke. In the aftermath of a fire disaster you will also need to think of health hazards such as burns, smoke poisoning and other respiratory irritations.
Every year, fire damage costs homeowners billions of dollars, much of which could be saved with proper preparation. In fact, a large number of valuable household items could have been saved if a simple smoke detector was installed.
It will be well worth your time to devote a few moments periodically and check the potential hazards in and around your home or business. In many cases routine maintenance can mean the difference between a minor cleanup and major construction repair.
By learning the facts and regularly inspecting your property using the prevention techniques in the following articles, you will greatly improve your chances of never having to experience a fire. Utilizing these techniques will also help in preventing future damage, assuring you that your home will remain in good condition and keep its value.