14/06/2018 | Lia Huges A fire is a devastating experience that can wreak havoc on your home or place of business. It can also have harrowing effects on the home residents or business owner and employees. In mere minutes, the structure of the building can suffer a great deal of damage that is long-lasting even after the fire has been tamed. In addition to structural damage, there may be lingering smoke and water damage from firefighters extinguishing the fire. Smoke and soot can also have an adverse effect on your health and that of your family or anyone else on the premises. Unfortunately, a fire can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s important to take immediate steps when a fire occurs in your home or business. Fire damage repair is essential after you have tackled the problem. However, you will want to be aware of these potential causes of fires to do your best to avoid such a situation from occurring: Cooking equipment Never leave cooking equipment that’s on the stove go unattended Heating devices If you use portable heaters, keep them away from combustible items like paper, paint or cleaning supplies Smoking materials Always extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials fully in ashtrays Candles Never leave candles unattended Children Be aware that children can be overly curious. Explain to them the danger of fire and keep them away from the stove and matches Faulty wiring Any wiring that’s outdated should be updated to current standards to avoid a potential fire Overloaded electrical outlets and cords Use electrical cords and outlets carefully and avoid overloads Holiday decor Keep your Christmas tree away from the fireplace and other heat sources Grilling and barbecues Only grill away from your home and never under the awning Fast action is absolutely crucial when you are dealing with a fire. You need skilled professionals to come to your home or place of business to tackle the job of restoring your property to its previous condition. A contractor will come to first assess the damage and create a plan. Afterward, a team will arrive to use techniques such as structural cleaning and repair, water damage remediation, deodorizing and more. Above all else, you must act quickly so that you can have the best chance of your property being restored to its prior condition. It will benefit both your physical and emotional well-being.