Mr. Handyman of Nashville Aims to Reduce House Fire Casualties for Local Homeowners

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Local Mr. Handyman franchise to sell and install life-saving PEARL permanent escape ladder.

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The number of people, especially children, who have been killed in house fires here in Tennessee is just outrageous. We firmly believe a permanent escape ladder like PEARL will save the lives of our neighbors, customers and friends. For us, installing PEARL is much more than a business decision.

PEARL Protected®, creators of the patented Permanent Escape And Rescue Ladder (PEARL®) for two and three-story homes, today announced that Mr. Handyman of Nashville is now offering the PEARL permanent escape ladder to area residents. As the only PEARL Protected partner in the state of Tennessee, Mr. Handyman provides a one-stop sales and installation service that drastically improves home and fire safety for Greater Nashville area residents.

Tennessee is currently ranked fifth in fire death rate per capita by the U.S. Fire Administration. In the first half of 2007, a spike in local house fire tragedies dominated national headlines, including a horrific fire that killed nine people in Evensville and another near Knoxville that claimed the life of four children. In both cases, victims were trapped in upstairs rooms without a safe means of escape. By offering a permanently-installed escape ladder, Mr. Handyman hopes to reduce tragedies like these and promote improved fire safety awareness for homeowners throughout the state.

Hadley Hurford, owner of Mr. Handyman of Nashville, comments: "The number of people, especially children, who have been killed in house fires here in Tennessee is just outrageous. We firmly believe a permanent escape ladder like PEARL will save the lives of our neighbors, customers and friends. For us, installing PEARL is much more than a business decision."

The PEARL ladder is a revolutionary escape solution that is permanently installed into the interior wall space beneath second and third-story windows. By simply tossing the ladder out the window, PEARL provides an easy-to-use means of escape that is right where you need it, when you need it -- like an air bag for the home.

Since PEARL's debut in 2005, permanent escape ladders have become one of the fastest growing trends in home safety. More than 90 homebuilders throughout the country now offer PEARL as a standard or optional feature in upstairs bedrooms. Additionally, the City of East Point, Georgia recently became the first city in America to require permanent escape ladders in all multi-story dwellings. PEARL has received the U.S. Home Safety Council's 2006 Product Innovation Award and has been featured in multiple episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Wall Street Journal and Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Mr. Handyman of Nashville joins a long list of Mr. Handyman franchises across the country that offer PEARL. Homeowners requesting Mr. Handyman services for a leaky faucet or other home improvement project now have the opportunity to learn about and purchase PEARL directly from their local technicians. Mr. Handyman of Nashville is also a proud supporter of fire safety awareness. The company recently partnered with the local fire community to conduct a home safety educational seminar for Verizon employees in Nashville.

Founded in March 2000, Mr. Handyman is a member of Service Brands International, a group of service companies that provide a variety of timesaving services ideally suited for today's active customer. Mr. Handyman currently offers its services through independent franchises and qualified technicians across the nation. To contact a technician in the Greater Nashville area, please call (615) 824-4350.

About PEARL Protected
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, PEARL Protected is redefining the standards of home and fire safety through its patented, breakthrough product -- PEARL -- a revolutionary Permanent Escape And Rescue Ladder that can be quickly and easily deployed in the event of a residential fire or other home emergency. It is currently available through a variety of channels, including the company's national installation partner -- Mr. Handyman, homebuilders, building supply dealers, security companies, remodelers and other maintenance specialists. PEARL can also be ordered directly through the PEARL Protected website (http://www.pearlprotected.com) or via phone at 800.374.5737.

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