Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana, a leading national provider of water, fire and mold damage cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties, supports the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record, established in 1922 following the Great Chicago Fire that killed hundreds and left hundreds of thousands homeless. This year’s fire safety campaign theme, Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out, focuses on reinforcing why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
According to the NFPA, here are campaign tips:
-Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Visit the website for .pdf and map at www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-audience.
-Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
-Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
-Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
-Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
For more information, visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.
The following tips help keep homeowners and families safe:
-Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the home including the kitchen, basement and every bedroom and outside sleeping area.
-Never remove or disable smoke alarms.
-Test smoke alarms at least once per month by pushing the test button.
-Interconnect smoke alarms so if one sounds, they all do.
-If smoke alarms don’t work, replace the correct size battery or the entire smoke alarm unit.
-Don’t let children play with fire.
-Don’t leave cooking items or clothing irons unattended.
-Place a portable ladder in each second-floor room.
-Have an updated, emergency first aid kit.
-Develop a family plan and conduct a home “Fire Drill” at least twice a year.
-Check fire extinguishers for expiration and replace as needed.
-Handle gasoline or propane-powered equipment cautiously.
-Install carbon monoxide detectors.
Paul Davis and fire industry professionals will help spread the word in their communities about the importance of fire safety. Contact a licensed professional or restoration and emergency services company if damage to your home or business is significant. All technicians are certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).