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Fire Safety Tips Supporting Fire Prevention Week

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Washtenaw is a leading national provider of water, fire and mold damage cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties and we  support the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. 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, Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month, focuses on testing smoke alarms in case of fire and smoke that can spread quickly in any structure. Working smoke alarms can provide individuals and families with time to get out of burning or smoldering homes and offices.

According to the latest NFPA research, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths in the U.S. result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. For more information, visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org, the Fire Prevention Week page at www.fpw.org, and check out a video of NFPA’s official spokes dog Sparky here.

Paul Davis suggests the following tips to 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).