Costly effects of a fire
Fire is one of our most valuable resources. We use it to cook our food, heat our homes, power our world and so much more. However, when it comes to our homes, fire can also be one of our worst enemies. Each year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), nearly 358,300 home-owners experience a fire. Nearly, $10.3 billion in property damage and 3,280 deaths were due to residential fires in 2015 alone. Residential fires accounted for three-quarters of all structure fires during 2015. At SERVPRO of Laurel, we have seen first-hand the devastation that fire can cause. We take pride in helping customers get their lives back on track in the wake of a disaster; but our wish is that they never go through that experience. Knowledge is power when it comes to prevention and we want to share information that can help you protect your home. Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires followed by home heating. When cooking be sure to never leave anything on or near the stove and use caution when frying. If you have central heating, make sure to have ducts cleaned regularly to prevent buildup and reduce the chance of fire. Dryer vents should also be cleaned annually. Clothes dryers cause an estimated 2,900 fires each year, causing over $35 million in property losses. Call us today to schedule your HVAC or dryer vent cleaning and protect your home.