Local Expert PUROCLEAN Warn Residents, Business Owners of the Risks of Halloween Fires

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From 1999 - 2002, decorations for special events accounted for an estimated 1,100 reported home structure fires per year, the majority involving candles, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Halloween is no exception to these statistics, as open flame fires increase by 50 percent around the Halloween holiday due to increased use of candles. PuroClean,known as “The Paramedics of Property Damage,” is a property damage fire restoration company that offers emergency clean up, restoration, and repair services including smoke and fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, flood water removal, and mold and mildew removal. Rick Gutridge, owner of Puroclean Water, Fire, and Mold experts serving Central Ohio, says, “We experience an increased number of fire mitigation calls beginning in September. The source of many of these fires is typically attributed to seasonal decorations.”

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We experience an increased number of fire mitigation calls beginning in September. The source of many of these fires is typically attributed to seasonal decorations

From 1999 - 2002, decorations for special events accounted for an estimated 1,100 reported home structure fires per year, the majority involving candles, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Halloween is no exception to these statistics, as open flame fires increase by 50 percent around the Halloween holiday due to increased use of candles.
PuroClean, known as “The Paramedics of Property Damage,” is a professional mitigation company specializing in property remediation after a home or commercial structure has been damaged by fire and smoke. Rick Gutridge, owner of Puroclean Water, Fire, and Mold experts serving Central Ohio, says, “We experience an increased number of fire mitigation calls beginning in September. The source of many of these fires is typically attributed to seasonal decorations.”

To help reduce the risk of fire and prepare homeowners if a Halloween fire were to ignite, Gutridge provides local property owners with the following tips:

  • Use glow sticks or battery operated candles inside jack-o-lanterns instead of open flame candles
  • Keep all candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters out of children’s reach
  • If using a candle in a jack-o-lantern, never leave it unattended
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters
  • If using candles and jack-o-lanterns indoors, keep them away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited
  • Never overload extension cords and power strips

If property is damaged by a fire, it is important to call a fire restoration professional immediately. Gutridge said the faster the response, the greater the chance of saving property and possessions.

PuroClean is a property damage fire restoration company that offers emergency clean up, restoration, and repair services including smoke and fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, flood water removal, and mold and mildew removal. PuroClean has earned the trust of property owners, insurance professionals and home service providers throughout the United States and Canada since 2001. Backed by a comprehensive network of 300 franchise offices and a national training and business support center, each PuroClean office responds promptly to property emergencies, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and compassion. PuroClean certified technicians are thoroughly screened, insured and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures throughout the remediation process while operating under a strict code of ethics. In addition to serving the needs of property owners, PuroClean offers hundreds of continuing education classes each year to insurance professionals and property service providers nationwide. In 2011, PuroClean trained over 10,089 insurance professionals nationwide, helping them earn their continuing education credits.

For more information on PuroClean, please contact Rick Gutridge at 614-309-5739 or visit columbusrestorationservices.com .

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