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Property Damage Restoration Tips: Prevent Fires and Hazards in the Bedroom

To avoid a fire and the need for property damage restoration, never leave burning candles or incense unattended in your bedroom and be careful placing open flames near bedding.

To avoid a fire and the need for property damage restoration, never leave burning candles or incense unattended in your bedroom and be careful placing open flames near bedding.

The bedroom is often the one place in our home where we seek sanctuary and close ourselves off from the rest of the world. Whether snuggled up in bed or reading that page-turner into the midnight hour, our bedrooms are our safe havens. However, certain hazards can lurk in your bedroom, and we’re not talking about the boogeyman hiding under the bed. These hazards could not only affect your family’s safety and health, but could also lead to the need for property damage restoration.

Here are some tips to help prevent disaster:

Make Your Bedroom a Fire Hazard Free Zone

At Proserve DKI, we have seen the devastating effects of house fires when delivering our house fire clean up and restoration services. While the specific cause of house fires can be attributed to a number of factors, and some can be beyond anyone’s ability to mitigate, such as the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016, prevention where possible is key to protecting your home. That’s why we suggest that homeowners follow these fire prevention safety tips specific to the bedroom:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For improved safety, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
  • Check electrical appliances such as electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions and irons regularly in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make the bedroom a non-smoking area.
  • Keep a clear pathway to your bedroom door by moving furniture or picking up clothes, toys and other items that may block the exit.
  • Blow out any candles or incense when not in your bedroom.
  • Keep open flames away from bedding and other flammable materials.
  • Keep matches and lighters hidden away from children.
  • Avoid placing electrical cords under rugs or upholstery.
  • Do not plug too many items (phones, computers, appliances) into one extension chord or multi-outlet receptacle.
  • Properly dispose of dead batteries instead of placing them in wastebaskets.

Look for Hidden Fire Hazards

According to statistics, 20 percent of all house fires in Canada are due to electrical fires. Usually the causes of these fires are unseen to the naked eye, as they are hidden behind the walls or floorboards of your bedroom.

An electrical fire in a bedroom is worrisome, especially with the number of flammable materials that can ignite. Additional worry comes from the fact that some bedrooms are located upstairs, further away from your home’s exits.

To prevent electrical fires, fire restoration companies such as Proserve DKI suggest that homeowners look for warning signs that could indicate faulty wiring or other electrical issues, including:

  • Flickering lights
  • Discoloured wall outlets
  • Outlets that spark
  • Switches or outlets that are hot to the touch
  • Fuses that always blow
  • Breakers constantly tripping

If you experience any of these warning signs, it’s important to contact a professional electrician who will be able to assess and fix any problems.

Other Dangers to Look For

There are other elements that can cause a hazardous situation in the bedroom if not looked after sooner than later. One of them is water damage. Some indications of water damage include fogged up or water droplets on windows, mould build-up on walls, trim or window frames, as well as water spots on the ceiling. These signs can indicate a leak or high moisture content in the room. Water not only causes structural damage to your home, but can also be damaging to your health if any mould spores are inhaled.

If you notice a high concentration of moisture or mould in your bedroom, it’s important to contact flood cleanup companies such as Proserve DKI, which offer mould cleanup services.

For more information on water damage abatement, read our tips on What to Do When Your Hot Water Tank Leaks.

Proserve DKI is the property restoration company that Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo area residents can rely on when disaster strikes. Contact us at 1-780-791-3663 if fire, flooding, or any other emergency has affected you. We offer 24/7 – 365 disaster relief.