Discovering a fire in your home or business is one of life’s scariest experiences — especially if your home and business are the same!
Not only is a home or business fire emotionally devastating, it can add tremendous stress to your life for many months. After initial clean-up has occurred, we have worked with homeowners and insurance companies to restore and rebuild your home. Several of these homes have become beautiful updated houses that we have shown on the Remodelers Showcases sponsored by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC).
To help our friends, clients and website visitors who may deal with a fire, we offer the following fire prevention and safety guidance to make sure your family or colleagues are safe:
- Ensure all smoke detectors are functional. Every level plus every bedroom should have a smoke alarm. Test and clean smoke alarms once a month; replace backup batteries once a year.
- Place fully charged fire extinguishers rated ABC are in the kitchen, garage, laundry room, and by the furnace at a minimum.
- Inspect lights and extension cords for frayed, exposed wires, or loose plugs. Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
- Videotape or photograph your home’s interior and exterior, including all contents, and leave a copy off-site. This can be critically important so you are also covered by insurance for belongings that were damaged by the fire. In addition, contact your insurance agent to make sure you have enough coverage for structural repairs as well as the contents.