7 Important Tips for Winter Fire Safety

7 Important Tips for Winter Fire Safety

This time of year in Coppell, Frisco, and Plano the temperature begins to drop to much lower temperatures. We tend to spend more time at home with our family and loved ones during the winter months cuddled under blankets by the fire. During these colder months, the heat tends to be running, candles are lit, and holiday lights are glowing in the evening. With all winter activities in full swing, your home is at risk for many fire hazards. At MrRestore, winter is, unfortunately, our busiest month for fire restoration. In order to keep you and your family safe, we have provided 7 fire safety tips for this winter. Have Your Furnace Checked Many people believe they can check their furnace themselves.  It is safer, however, to hire a professional to come and inspect your furnace once a year. It’s always better to know when something is not working properly than to have it break down when you need heat the most. A faulty or dirty furnace can easily cause a fire, but it can be easily avoided with a simple maintenance check. Check Your Chimneys and Vents Fireplaces produce creosote, which clings to the inside of your chimney. Unfortunately, creosote is flammable. If you use a wood burning fireplace, you need an annual chimney inspection. This will help you know that it is not hazardous to start a fire. It’s important to remember that when you burn wood, use dry, seasoned wood which makes safer, beautiful flames with less smoke. Avoid burning pine in your chimney when possible in order to prevent unwanted fires. Test Your Smoke Alarms...
Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Thanksgivings in Frisco and Plano are filled with family,  great food and watching football on TV. Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving or are hosting guests, it is a time to celebrate with your loved ones. What you may not know, however,  is that Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for house fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, you are 3 times more likely to experience a home cooking fire as any other day throughout the year. Fires are devastating and will lead to costly damages as your valuables are being restored. In order to avoid fire hazards and fully enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, follow our cooking safety tips for another great family feast. Stoves and Ovens No matter where you are cooking this holiday season, the stove will be running all day to provide your family and friends with the perfect holiday meal. Unfortunately, using the stove and oven consistently is very hazardous. Check out some of our stove and oven safety tips to prevent dangerous house fires: Clean the stove and oven before use to get rid of grease buildup Always stay in the kitchen when cooking Don’t leave home when something is in the oven cooking Use back burners whenever possible to keep out of the reach of small children Keep flammable items away from cooking surfaces Use flame-resistant potholders to put out flames If a fire breaks out in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the appliance Turkey Fryer Using a deep fryer to cook your turkey provides delicious, crispy skin and a juicy center. However, deep...
Apartment Fire Safety

Apartment Fire Safety

There are great apartment communities in Frisco, Highland Village and Dallas that many of our local citizens reside in. If you live in an apartment community, it is important to be aware of fire safety practices to keep you and your belongings safe. The fire safety rules for living in an apartment are different than living in a house because the building is likely much bigger than an average home. There are many factors to consider when avoiding fire hazards in an apartment because you are very close to other residents and the evacuation routes may be complicated. Living in an apartment also poses a certain risk because a fire in one apartment can quickly spread to someone else’s apartment. In order to stay safe, prepared, and to prevent costly fire damages to your apartment home, follow our tips for safe apartment living.   Apartment Fire Prevention and Safety When you first move into an apartment, there a lot of things you can do immediately to ensure your apartment home is not at risk for avoidable fires. It is important that you routinely go over each of these tips, probably every 6 months.      Check that your apartment has at least one working smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm does not work or appears damaged, immediately talk to your apartment’s manager to have it replaced. Review your apartment’s fire escape route. Every apartment community should have a fire escape plan for your apartment home. If you cannot find it, request one from your property manager. Go over each window in your apartment to ensure it works properly. Review the...
Halloween Fire Safety

Halloween Fire Safety

Halloween is finally upon us! Nothing helps the residents of Frisco, Highland Village and Dallas get in the Halloween spirit like the leaves changing, spooky decorations and finding the perfect costume to go trick-or-treating. Although October is a fun month full of autumn activities and cool weather, many people do not know that some Halloween festivities can also pose as a fire threat. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, over 800 house fires per year are caused on Halloween night due to fall decorations igniting. These fall holiday fires lead to costly damages, destroying homes and causing over $13 million dollars in fire damages.   In order to avoid preventable fires this Halloween, there are a couple things you can do to keep you and your family safe. Our favorite Halloween and fall decorations, such as Jack-o’-lanterns, paper ghosts and hay bales are unfortunately fire hazards. There are some costumes your children should avoid that are flammable and dangerous. Look over our Halloween fire safety tips to get the most out of your Halloween this October.   Halloween Decoration Safety We love driving through the neighborhoods of Frisco and Highland Village to see homes decorated with corn stalks, black cats, and Jack-o’-lanterns. However, some of our favorite fall decorations can actually be very dangerous.   Keep all decorations away from a heat source – No matter what you use to decorate  your home for Halloween this season, be sure to keep them all away from a heat source. NFPA reported that nearly half of decoration fires in homes occur because the decorations are too close to a heat source....
Chimney and Fireplace Safety

Chimney and Fireplace Safety

Now is a great time to be preparing your fireplace to be used during the colder months. Fireplaces are the perfect way to cozy up and stay warm.  However, chimneys pose as a serious fall fire safety threat that could potentially lead to costly damages. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, chimney fires account for over 30% of all home-heating fires in the United States. These fires can lead to catastrophic fires to your home and could potentially harm your loved ones.   In order to keep your family and home safe this season, it is important to know how chimney fires can be prevented. Chimney fires can be quickly and easily identified by loud cracking and popping noises, a lot of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell. There are a few things you can do to ensure you can enjoy the beauty and warmth of your fireplace without potentially risking a house fire.   How do Chimney Fires Occur? Most chimneys have liners or structural problems that lead to very high temperatures. Hot embers and sparks from the fireplace can escape the chimney or fireplace and cause materials inside or outside the home to catch on fire. If the embers escape the chimney outside of the home, they can cause leaves, dirt, and branches to combust. If blankets, stockings, carpet, or clothing are near a the fireplace, sparks or embers can cause these times to combust inside the home.   Another reason chimney and fireplace fires occur is due to creosote catching on fire inside the chimney. Creosote is a gummy, unpleasant smelling substance that forms...
6 Things Your Local Fire Department Wants You to Know

6 Things Your Local Fire Department Wants You to Know

Our local fire departments work around the clock to keep our communities safe. From responding to medical emergencies to being the first to arrive at the scene of a fire, our firefighters are invaluable members of our society. Mr Restore has had the pleasure of working closely with many of these departments in the events of fire and water damage. Here are a few things they wish homeowners knew in order to prevent fires and to make responding to emergencies faster.   Regularly Practice Fire Drills With Members of Your Household Go over with your family how to exit the house from each room and then practice together leaving the house each month. Be sure to practice crawling on hands and knees and to designate an area for the whole family to meet outside. Create a map of where and how to exit and display it in a visible area in the home. Make sure to have two exit options from each room in case one of them is blocked or unsafe. If every family member knows where to go and how to exit the home safely, things will run much more smoothly in the event of a real fire. Being prepared can potentially save your life.   Routinely Inspect Extension Cords According to the National Fire Prevention Association, extension cords are the leading cause of electrical fires in the United States. Damaged or frayed electrical cords can malfunction and lead to electrical fire hazards. It is easy to forget about extension cords in your home, be sure to check them regularly to be sure they do not pose a fire threat.   Be...