SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Spring Fire Hazards
As welcome a sight as spring can be, with it comes the potential danger for wildfires as dead grass and leaves become exposed by melting snow. As you transition from sweaters to shorts, deep fryers to grills, and indoor holiday parties to backyard BBQs, it’s best to keep an eye on these important spring fire hazard tips.
Keep an Eye on your Dead Grass
People don’t realize there can be wildfire danger even when nights are cool and snow piles linger in the shade. The hazard begins when homeowners start spring cleanup chores by burning yard waste. If your landscape needs new sod installed that requires you to burn your yard waste, make sure that you do so according to guidance from your local and/or state ordinances. This will allow your property to be safe while also keeping you from being hit by a large fine for improper outdoor burning.
As cozy as it was in January and February, come April and May chances are you’ll be less inclined to build a fire in the living room fireplace. As easy as it is to just scoop out the ashes, close it up, and forget about it until November, go ahead and have the chimney inspected as part of your spring cleaning effort.
The NFPA recommends having a chimney inspected and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year anyway, and getting it out of the way this time of year often means ridding it of buildup that would only cause more damage if it hung around until the fall. Plus, chimney technicians will be more likely to have flexible schedules in the springtime, giving them time to take a more careful look at your chimney’s condition.
The batteries in your smoke alarms should be changed once a year. If you’re already doing a lot of your spring cleaning and organizing now, you might as well just swap out your batteries for fresh ones now. While you’re at it, don’t forget to test the smoke alarms on your property to ensure that the batteries you put in are functioning and not duds that accidentally got mixed in with your open box.
When Spring Fires Strike
Even if you’re very careful with how you’re caring for your home, fires can still happen. If a fire occurs on your property this Spring, make sure to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 for immediate assistance. Our team has decades of experience at restoring homes from fire damage and you deserve the expertise that we bring to the table.