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Heating Up: Navigating Fire Risks in Government Facilities

As a new month unfolds, so does a fresh set of challenges, and in February, government facilities face unique considerations and hurdles that demand careful attention and proactive measures. While many associate peak fire hazards with hot summer days, the cold season also opens the door to fire risks. In fact, December, January, and February are when fire risks rise substantially. With all of this in consideration, it becomes crucial for government facilities to develop a proactive response plan in order to effectively address any risks that may come their way this February. This blog dives into what leads to fires in the winter season, how these fires can cause serious damage and operational downtime for government facilities, and how Sasser Restoration stands as a source of hope in times of need.  

The Causes of Fires in the Cold Season 

Cause #1: Electrical Circuits 

One of the many causes of fires during this chilly season is due to electrical wiring, specifically due to overloaded circuits. Government facilities use many electrical circuits and with the increased use of heating systems during the colder seasons, the probability of a fire occurring only doubles. Government facilities must consider these factors in order to avoid facing any potential downtime throughout this time of year. 

Cause #2: HVAC Systems 

Another cause of fires during the winter season is due to the extensive use of HVAC Systems.  During this chilly season, heating systems are often exhausted, as many government facilities try to ensure that staff and clients remain warm and comfortable as they provide or receive any services. The increased use of these systems may lead to potential malfunctions or system overload, which could lead to sparks, ultimately causing a fire.  

Cause #3: Faulty Wiring 

Finally, another cause of fires during the winter season is due to faulty wiring. Faulty wiring may result in a short circuit. These short circuits generate excessive heat, which lead to sparks and fires. In addition to short circuits, electrical arching may occur, which can also lead to overheating and sparks.  

These three challenges can cause government facilities to face many losses. Government facilities could be facing issues like client safety, data loss, financial impact, infrastructure damage, and extended operational downtime. This only concludes that having an effective communication and crisis response plan is essential to emergency preparation. 

The Effects of Smoke Damage to Government Facilities 

Fires can start for a variety of reasons, but government facilities also need to consider the aftereffects if they have fallen victim to a fire.  Health hazards are one of many aftereffects. Smoke contains toxins that can pose serious health risks to clients and staff and can lead to specific health issues like respiratory issues, eye irritation and more. Along with health hazards, there are property and equipment damage. Smoke can permeate and settle on to equipment like computers, furniture, physical documents and more, which may need in-depth cleaning and/or replacements. Another issue is the potential loss of critical documents, physical or digital. Document loss can cause significant impacts to the continuity of government services. Smoke damage can also cause harm to HVAC systems, leading to maintenance or overall replacement, only adding to financial impact. 

Sasser’s Role in Recovery for Government Facilities in Crisis 

In today’s world, anything can happen. Fires, much like anything else, can severely damage government facilities and could disrupt any of the important services they provide. Fire hazards become particularly pronounced this month only highlighting the importance and need for crisis preparation.  

Sasser Restoration stands as an ally for any government facilities in need.  With our 24-7 emergency services, and our expert solutions for not only fire damage, but water damage and mold mitigation, we stand to be the expert helpers in times of need. Our swift response and network of first responders are well-equipped to navigate those unexpected challenges with urgency.  

If you are grappling with the threat of fires at any point time, Sasser Restoration is here to bring your building back to life. Discover more about our restoration services nationwide on our website or give us a call at (844) 449-1144.