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While nothing can prevent a natural disaster from happening, there’s a lot we can do to prevent other tragedies from occurring in our Tampa, Florida, homes. We can also take measures to minimize loss in the face of tragedy. Many homeowners, for example, live in concern of their house catching on fire. Did they leave the oven on when they left for work? Did they leave their hair straightener plugged in? Tampa homeowners can take steps to mitigate the risks in the event that oversight results in a fire. Here are several ways you can fireproof your home.

Consider Fire-Resistant Carpeting

One way to mitigate fire damage is to limit materials that can ignite easily. Wool and synthetic carpets, for example, are especially flammable and will cause a fire to spread quickly. Consider installing fire-resistant carpeting to reduce damage. Don’t worry, just because the carpet is fire-resistant doesn’t mean you can’t find aesthetically pleasing colors and patterns.

Always Have a Working Fire Extinguisher

Another way to reduce fire damage is to stop the flames before they spread. A fire extinguisher is the first line of defense against a fire. Keep one in key areas of the home, especially near fireplaces, the kitchen, and even in the garage. Check the expiration dates on your extinguishers regularly, and make sure to replace expired ones.

Be Careful With Wiring

Fireplaces and ovens aren’t the only places fires can start. Many fires are sparked by faulty wiring. Check wiring and outlets for damage, and don’t overload wiring. If you’ll be installing an item that draws a lot of power, have an electrician make sure your wiring and outlets won’t overload or spark when you use the equipment. To further reduce the chances of a spark, unplug electronics when you leave your home.

Get the peace of mind you deserve by minimizing the risk of fire damage in your home. In the event of fire damage call ServiceMaster Restore at 813-603-2001.

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