The holidays are a time of joy, but they can also be hectic. Disasters can happen when you least expect them to. Being prepared is always important, especially when you know you have more on your plate. Here are a few tips on preventing water and fire damage this holiday season, according to the experts at American Restoration in Albuquerque.
- Be smart- Be smart when you are getting festive. Watch where you are plugging in holiday lights or extra appliances. Plug in only one high-wattage appliance at a time. When using lights or décor, make sure not to pinch extension cords; that way, the wires remain unharmed. If you plan to get cozy and use your fireplace this holiday season, remove any flammable objects on or around your fireplace or chimney.
- Be proactive- The best way to avoid water damage is to prevent it. Clean out any full gutters on your roof. This will help avoid any irrigation issues. Cleaning out gutters will also help prevent any structural fires from holiday lights. It’s also important to check your roof before any harsh weather arrives. Ensuring your roof is in good condition will protect your home from water damage when winter weather hits New Mexico.
- Be prepared- We always urge homeowners to have a plan in case of an emergency. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly, especially before heavy cooking days. It’s also a good idea to set up escape routes and meeting areas for your family in case of a home fire or flood. Having your family on the same page will help avoid confusion and add stress to an already scary situation.
We hope you are too busy with fun this holiday season to worry about repairs or restoration to your home. If you or your family experience an event requiring water or fire damage restoration, we are here to help! The American Restoration team is here for you 24/7, even during the holidays.