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How Fire-Safe Is Your Storrs Home?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Two plugs in an outlet Something as simple as a frayed cord could start a house fire. Take the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield fire-safe tour of your home!

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has put together an area-by-area tour of your home that will help you evaluate your risk of having a house fire. This is a good activity to do on a weekend, and it’s even better if your whole family does it together, so everyone can learn about basic fire safety in the home.

Walk through your house, checking the areas one by one. If you come up short anywhere, you can make some quick changes to reduce your chances of suffering a house fire.

Throughout Your Home

  • Check your lighting fixtures. Are you using bulbs with the correct wattage? Are the bulbs 12 inches or more from shades and other combustible materials?
  • Are your electric cords in good condition and not frayed or crushed under carpets or furniture?
  • Are the appliances plugged into each outlet at or below the specified power load?


  • Make sure the areas around your furnace or boiler, wood stove and water heater are clear of flammable items, especially oily rags.
  • Check the condition of the wires and insulators on your electric breaker panel.

First Floor

  • Is there at least one smoke detector installed and in working condition?
  • Is there a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen?
  • Be sure your stovetop is cleaned of built-up grease and food. Store towels, potholders and other flammable cloths at least three feet away from the stovetop.
  • Look at your fireplace and chimney. Have they been cleaned and inspected within the last year? Be sure your fireplace screen blocks sparks and the area in front of the fireplace is clear of flammable objects.
  • Is your furniture covered in fire-resistant upholstery?

Second Floor

  • You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom and in the hall outside of each sleeping area. Test to be sure all are working.
  • Review (or create if you don’t have one) your fire escape plan.
  • Are space heaters at least three feet away from beds and other flammable materials?
  • Check your electric blankets. Are they UL-approved with undamaged cords?

Laundry Room

  • Check to be sure your dryer cabinet, duct and surrounding area are free of built-up lint.
  • If you have a plastic dryer duct, replace it with a metal one.


  • Check the door between your house and garage. It must be solid enough and weather-stripped to keep flames and gases from traveling inside your home.
  • Clear your garage of old newspapers, used oil and other flammable materials.
  • Store gasoline in approved containers and put oily rags into air-tight containers. Store these away from sources of ignition.

If you do have a house fire in your Storrs, CT home, call on SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We’re the local experts in start-to-finish fire damage restoration services.

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The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage remediation and chemical cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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