Notre Dame Chapel
The tragic fire that consumed irreplaceable components of the roof and spire of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in last month has been classified as accidental. While the precise cause is still unknown, police believe that the fire was most likely caused by an electrical or circuitry problem. While the accident at the cathedral may seem unlikely, it warrants a broader discussion about fire prevention, fire and smoke damage, and best restoration practices. Electrical fires are quite common, and all homeowners or business owners should be prepared in case of an emergency. Below are a few best practices to ensure that you are prepared if a fire does occur:
Update Your Electrical Circuits and Appliances Regularly
Investigators are still conducting thorough research on the potential cause for the fire outbreak at Notre Dame, but some evidence has pointed to old cables, lights or electrical circuitry that malfunctioned. Sadly, electrical fires are among the most common types of fires in homes and business buildings around the world. Fire can be caused by a number of factors, including faulty outlets, outdated appliances, old light fixtures, extension cords, space heaters, and wiring hidden behind walls. If you live in an older home, don’t wait until it’s too late to update your home’s circuitry. The best protection against home fires is good preventive practices.
Check Thoroughly for Any Evidence of a Fire
If you do expect a fire due to a smoke alarm or any other indicator (smell of smoke, a sensation of heat), don’t assume that nothing is wrong. Investigators of the fire at Notre Dame are still trying to establish whether the personnel at the cathedral followed all the correct procedures after the first alarm sounded. According to reports, the cathedral staff reportedly checked the general area when the first alarm went off but did not pursue a thorough check until after the second alarm sounded about 20 minutes later. Don’t let this happen to you! If a smoke alarm has sounded, always assume there is cause for caution.
Call Professionals for Help
If you suspect a fire, call for help immediately. Doing so will help you minimize overall fire damage. As the world so tragically observed with Notre Dame, a fire can get out of control very quickly—especially if the building is older. Once the fire is under control, you will need to work with fire damage restoration specialists to ensure that the building is repaired adequately, ideally within a day of the damage. Calling professionals to inspect the space as soon as possible after the damage occurs will help ensure that 1) the cause is identified, which will help you make adjustments in your home to prevent future fires, and 2) the damage can be remedied. Make sure you turn off your utilities and appliances (if it is safe to do so) and prevent any electronics from being turned on—any active electrical wiring could prolong the life of the fire. Finally, don’t attempt to use anything in the home until after it has been inspected; the remnants of the fire could be dangerous to consume.
Fire damage can be minimized by updating and inspecting electrical circuits and appliances. Our professionals at Same Day Restoration are here to help you prevent fires and restore damage caused by fire. Contact us with any questions you may have about our services.