Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan
The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, SERVPRO® of Bordentown/Pemberton reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.
With the holidays fast approaching, many families are making plans for delicious meals, hosting get-togethers and decorating their homes with festive decorations. SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton wants to remind homeowners not to overlook having a fire safety plan. Statistics show that cooking and candle fires during the holiday season peak during the holiday season1. Homeowners tend to focus on fire prevention precautions which is a great thing, but tend to forget about having a fire safety plan. Families need to develop a fire safety plan and practice it regularly to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.
Homeowners should follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.
- Install theright number of smoke alarms2. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Teach childrenwhat smoke alarms sound like3 and what to do when they hear one.
- Ensure that all household members knowtwo ways to escape4 from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
- Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
SERVPRO of Bordentown wants to remind your family that fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things. Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.
For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit SERVPRO® of Bordentown/Pemberton at www.SERVPRObordentown.com or call us at (609)894-8555.