Fire Safety During the Holidays
Houston Home Safety: Put Fire Safety First During the Holidays
Houston fire damage affects thousands of homes and businesses throughout our community each year. As we transition into the holiday season, the SERVPRO of Clear Lake team wants to take this opportunity to detail the best safety practices for families in our area. During the holiday season, there is a general uptick in home fires nationwide, often due to decorations, candles, turkey fryers, and space heaters. Please be mindful of potential hazards, follow manufacturer directions for all equipment exactly, and follow these fire safety tips.
Before a Fire: Create & Practice A Fire Escape Plan. Many holiday fires begin during the evening hours, often when those in the home are resting, or asleep. It is imperative that everyone in the house recognize the sound of the smoke detector, and now the best escape route for where they are in the home. For homes with 2 or more levels, escape ladders are recommended as the stairs may not be passable during a fire. If you live in a home with security bars on the windows, make sure they can be easily disabled from the inside.
In addition to practicing multiple egress plans, be sure everyone in the home know the designated “safe space” to meet. This can be a next-door neighbor’s front porch, the mailbox, or another easily identified area a safe distance from your home.
During a Fire: Exit the Home Immediately. It is vital for the safety of everyone in your home that the escape plan is executed immediately when the smoke detector alerts. It is recommended that you select the exit with the least smoke activity to get out of the home quickly. When you and your family meet up at your designated safe space, call 911 immediately. Be prepared to give details including location of the home, where you and your family currently are, and if any people or pets are unaccounted for.
Remember, no matter how tempting, never reenter a burning building. This can cause significant delays for the fire department and put more lives in danger.
This holiday season, your locally owned and operated SERVPRO in Houston sincerely hopes everyone in our community remains safe and that homes and businesses are not affected by fire, water damage or another disaster. However, if your home is damaged, give us a call immediately. We can begin the cleaning and restoration work immediately to limit the amount of time you and your family are displaced and inconvenienced.
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