Tampa, FL, December 26, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes during the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Tampa Florida based public adjusters; bring home owners across the country, as well as the home owners in the states they work in, tips to prevent fire damage from heat sources.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in more rural areas every year. These fires often are due to creosote buildup in chimneys or stovepipes. The Public Adjusters remind that all home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
The Public Adjusters encourage you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. They remind that fire safety is your personal responsibility, and fire can Stop with you.
Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
Leave glass doors open while burning a fire in a fireplace. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup.
Never burn cardboard boxes, leaves, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.
Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside your home, in order to prevent a stray spark.
Protect the Outside of Your Home
Stack firewood outdoors away from your home.
Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other flammable debris.
Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester, in order to stop stray sparks.
Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents in order to prevent possible spark transference.
Protect Your Family
Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.
Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
The Public Adjusters / Insurance Claim Consultants Inc. is a public insurance adjusting firm licensed in 11 states throughout the United States. The firm works exclusively for the policyholder, ensuring maximum settlement amounts are paid based upon the damage and policy provisions unique to each insurance claim. With over three decades of winning experience and more than 10,000 clients served, the Tampa-based firm of public loss adjusters and insurance consultants specialize in loss assessment adjusting for home and business owners that suffer property loss from hurricane damage, tornado damage, fire and smoke damage, water loss damage, sinkholes, flood damage, hidden decay and business interruption claims. Acting as an ally and personal advocate for its clients during the claims process, The Public Adjusters has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars- including tens of millions in increased settlements- on behalf of property owners and managers. The firm of independent public loss adjusters boasts a 100% success rate in the re-opening of property insurance claims and has obtained settlements higher than 500% of the insurance company’s original offer. Company principle, Ronald Delo, is considered an industry- expert in property insurance lending his voice and expertise to numerous media outlets such as CNN, NBC and ABC, The New York Times and other media outlets to discuss property insurance issues and topics.