Fire departments across the United States respond to an average of 358,500 home fires every year! These fires caused billions in damage and resulted in several thousand civilian injuries. To avoid being part of a disaster like that, take the time to reduce your risk of a home fire. Check your smoke alarms and make sure that they have the proper battery life. You can easily test your smoke alarms by pressing the button on the surface. If it beeps weakly or not at all, it’s time to immediately change the batteries. Keep household items clear of your heating sources. Avoid having curtains or blankets directly touching these sources. Always keep an eye on any lit candles. If you are going to a different part of the house, blow out the candle. Watch what you are cooking in the kitchen! It’s possible for old food particles in the stove to set on fire or even the food you are cooking. Lastly, keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of the worst. However, if the worst does occur SERVPRO will speedily clean your home to leave it good as new.