October is Fire Prevention Month
October is nationally known as Fire Prevention Month, but Prevention Week begins Sunday, October 4th and runs through Saturday, October 10th.
The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week is 'Serve up fire safety in the kitchen.' Firefighters are highlighting the risk of home fires that happen while cooking.
It's vital to raise awareness about fire safety and home safety to help ensure your home and family are prepared in the case of an emergency. Think of this as a perfect opportunity to review the current plans your household has in place for any fire emergency that may unexpectedly arise.
Some facts shared by First Alert include:
- 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
- Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan.
- Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death.
- 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly.
- Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their homes.
- Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan.
These are some pretty alarming statics!
The best way to get started on the process of keeping your family safe is to do a thorough inspection and inventory of all of your fire extinguisher and smoke detectors. By checking your alarms, testing the alarms regularly, and adding reliable protection when replacing expired alarms urges the household to improve your home's safety.
It is not uncommon for anyone living under your roof to easily forget where each of these essential items is found. Making a detailed layout and then printing multiple copies to leave in designated areas in your house is an excellent way for family members to refresh their memories of where each of these safety items resides. For the younger members of your family, consider using colorful graphics for them to relate to. A house scavenger hunt would be a fun way to educate and prepare your little ones not to be afraid in the event of a fire emergency.
Don't forget your pets! Please include them in all of your fire emergency plans. Do this by having one or two members of your family designated to help your pets safely vacate your property.
Did you know SERVPRO of San Marcos / New Braunfels' staff are highly trained in property damage restoration?
From the initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
We also are proud to serve our local communities:
- San Marcos
- Dripping Springs
- New Braunfels
- Canyon Lake
Have our crew be the ones you turn to for all of your fire restoration needs. Give us a call at (830) 625-0578.