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Fire Prevention and Safety

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention and Proper Planning are Essential!

Did you know, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were approximately 1,240,000 fires between the years 2003 and 2013? In the year 2013 alone, 3,240 victims lost their lives in a fire-related incident.

Numbers like these are the exact reason fire prevention planning is so vital for every home, school, or business. How long has it been since you last checked your smoke detector(s)? If the answer is, “I’m not sure” or “Probably not in months”, then check yours immediately! Smoke alarms should be checked and monitored at least once a month. While checking, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and/or new. If not, be sure to replace them!

In addition to checking and monitoring your smoke alarms, make sure to check the locations of alarms throughout the home or building. An alarm should be installed on every level of your home or business, paying particular attention to inside/outside sleeping areas. It’s important to ensure that everyone is awakened and alert in the event of a fire because you may have as little as two minutes to respond and evacuate. Early smoke detection from a properly operating smoke detector can help save lives and prevent irreparable amounts of damage.

 In addition to checking your alarms, be sure to have your family members, loved ones and employees practice a pre-determined fire escape plan. Being prepared for a fire emergency can make the difference between life and death.

 If a fire does occur, respond, leave the building and stay out of the flames. Do not re-enter the blaze for any reason whatsoever!

 If you have any more questions regarding fire prevention or how to prepare, call SERVPRO today. We provide free Emergency Ready Plans and have vast fire experience and knowledge.

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