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Having exterior lighting around your pool cage or on your home is a beautiful way to show off the landscaping and the hard work you’ve put into your home And with additional special lighting available for inside homes, it’s more important than ever to check that all electrical cords are safe. The last thing you want to have happen is a fire. Let’s look at some preventive measures as well as tips to follow in case any lights start a fire.

Inspect All Lights and Extension Cords

Before stringing up those festive lights around the pool or through your landscape, be sure you thoroughly inspect each string and discard any that have frayed cords, cracked light bulb covers, and other obvious signs of wear. Purchase new strings of lights rather than risk having your old ones pose a fire threat.

When using extension cords, use only one and avoid connecting two together. Don’t overuse a multi-socket or extension block, as this can strain the electrical outlet and potentially spark a fire.

Kitchen Fires

If a kitchen fire starts in a pan on the stove, try to smother it with a lid or put baking soda on the fire. Always keep a charged fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen to put out a fire rapidly. Inspect all electrical wall outlets, especially those near water, and be sure they are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). If the fire gets out of control, close the door to the kitchen, get out of the house, and immediately call 911.

Fire Damage Restoration

If you have experienced a fire from faulty lights or a kitchen fire, it is imperative to call us to begin fire damage restoration quickly. The restoration process must begin immediately to prevent further damage to your personal belongings. If synthetic materials, such as the fabric in your furniture, are left without cleanup for too long, they could be ruined.

When such issues are addressed quickly, however, our technicians can effectively clean materials without damaging them. We can remove soot stains and eliminate odors from the smoke damage.

Remember, time is of the essence for fire restoration damage! If you have experienced a fire, call ServiceMaster Restore at 727-201-0499 immediately.

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