Paul Davis Restoration actively participates in National Fire Prevention Month every year
Jacksonville, FL (Vocus) September 29, 2009
Paul Davis Restoration is participating in this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Month in October by providing consumers with important tips to prevent fire loss and keep you and your family safe. This year’s theme, “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned” will serve to educate homeowners about burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of fires.
During the awareness campaign, Paul Davis Restoration offices across the United States in concert with fire industry professionals will help to spread the word in their communities about the leading causes of home fires and steps to mitigate fire, smoke and soot damage. According to the NFPA, the most common causes of home fires include cooking, heating, electrical and smoking. For more information, go to http://www.nfpa.org.
“Paul Davis Restoration actively participates in National Fire Prevention Month every year,” said J. “Sonny” Bass, Paul Davis Restoration’s Technical Director of Emergency Services. “By following a few simple steps, property owners can go a long way in protecting themselves, their loved ones and their property,” he said.
The safety of your family should be the number one concern when planning for fire prevention. Paul Davis Restoration offers the following fire safety tips to help protect your home and family from fire.
Family Plan. Make sure you have a plan and an escape route for getting out of the house in the event of a fire. Also, make sure to have a portable ladder in each room above ground level.
Home “Fire Drill”. Practice evacuating with the family and pets at least twice a year. A perfect time to practice evacuating is when you're testing the smoke alarms and changing the batteries. Pick a spot outside where the entire family should meet. That way, if someone is missing, you can tell the fire department when they respond.
Smoke Alarms. Make sure your home smoke alarms are in proper working order by pushing the test button. Change the batteries once a year.
Household Clutter. Keep newspapers, magazines, mail, etc. away from clothes dryers, heaters, water heaters, furnaces, radiators, boilers, stoves and ovens. Remove lint regularly from around clothes dryers and don't forget the inside of the dryer vent hose.
Fire Extinguishers. Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage and that it is capable of putting out all three types of fires. If you don’t know, learn how to use it, and be sure to test fire extinguishers annually to ensure they are in proper working order.
Candles. Use caution when burning candles. Better yet, discard them altogether. For emergency light during power failures, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns.
Chimney. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year if you have one.
In the unlikely event that you do experience a fire, it is important that you act quickly to prevent further loss and damage. The potential for further damage doesn’t stop after the fire is out. Smoke, when combined with moisture becomes acidic. After a fire, the homeowner now has a fine layer of acid on every surface. These acids immediately begin to yellow, etch and in other ways degrade the surfaces they have come in with. This is true for contents as well as structural materials.
Also, charred materials in the structure continue to “off-gas” (i.e., emit odors) until they have been remediated. The longer porous materials are exposed to odor, the more the odor is absorbed and the more difficult and costly it becomes to remove it.
“It is crucial to begin emergency services procedures immediately to prevent further damage. Delaying the start of this work can drastically increase the cost and complexity of the fire loss,” said Bass. “Talk to a professional in the restoration and emergency mitigation service industry immediately. Look for properly licensed individuals and companies with certifications from leading industry organizations like The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).”
Paul Davis has been a leader in residential and commercial loss mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration services since 1966. As a national full-service restoration expert, Paul Davis Restoration has franchise office locations throughout North America. Visit the website at http://www.pdrestoration.com.
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