When people think of the damage caused by house fires, they often don’t think about the unique dangers of smoke damage. While fire can only affect what it touches, smoke can damage affects entire rooms and sometimes even entire homes. Naturally, the best way to prevent smoke damage is by preventing fires. However, if a fire does occur, it’s imperative that you seek professional help to clean up the areas affected by smoke.

Why is smoke damage so dangerous?

Inhaling smoke from a house fire can cause health problems, including damaging the respiratory tract and blocking the body’s oxygen intake. Ash and smoke also have extreme corrosive effects on homes. Within minutes, ash will discolor most surfaces. With hours, fiberglass and appliance finishes will begin yellowing and metals will tarnish. If left untreated for days, drywall and fabric will undergo permanent damage, wood will need to be refinished and metal will begin corroding. On top of the damage, nasty smoke odors may linger. Immediately after a home fire is extinguished, hire certified professionals to thoroughly clean away the damage left behind by smoke and ash before it continues deteriorating your home and everything in it.

Prevent smoke damage by preventing home fires

Most home fires occur in the kitchen and are caused by cooking accidents. Never leave cooking food or heated appliances unattended and teach children to keep at least three feet away from a hot stove. Keep towels and other flammables away from a hot stove and turn pan handles inward. Smother pan fires with a lid (and turn the stove off) rather than pouring water on it.

Fires are not limited to just the kitchen. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors around your house, along with a fire extinguisher on every floor. Keep flammable objects away from fires and heating devices such as space heaters or radiators. Always turn off such devices when you go to sleep or leave the room. Replace any frayed wiring and do not leave cords in walkways where they can be tripped over.

Don’t let your home become another statistic; take fire safety seriously. Call Integrity Network Insurance Group at (512) 989-6006 for more information on Round Rock home insurance.
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