This year’s Fire Prevention Week was held from Saturday, October 6th through Saturday, October 12th. Even though it’s over, you can still practice fire safety all year long. Do this by preparing yourself and your home for a fire disaster. Follow this year’s theme to implement small actions into your everyday life. You don’t have to be a fire safety expert or spend a lot of time in order to help protect yourself from potential fire disasters. After incorporating fire safety habits into your everyday life, take note of seasonal fire risks. The increased use of heaters during the winter as well as a rise in cooking and decorations during holidays all create unique fire hazards. ServiceMaster Advantage is your local fire disaster restoration expert in Harris, Mongomery and Galveston Counties. Keep reading to learn more about Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was started in 1922 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Ever since, families, teachers, adults and children have been observing this week to promote fire prevention. October was chosen for Fire Prevention Week because of the Great Chicago Fire which caused catastrophic damage between October 8th – 10th 1871.
Small Actions to Prevent a Fire
This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape” There are many small, everyday actions that make a difference to your fire safety. Brush up on the following actions.
- Plan your escape routes and practice them with your entire family.
- Create an emergency plan and account for personal necessities like medication, disabilities or pet arrangements.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed.
- Never leave the kitchen while using the stove.
- If using the oven, check food regularly.
- Keep anything flammable away from your stovetop or any other open flames.
- Schedule a professional chimney sweep yearly to prevent flammable soot buildup.
Seasonal Fire Safety
There are various fire hazards that are more prominent during certain months. Change the focus of your small fire prevention actions based on the time of year. Halloween is around the corner. Start by incorporating the following tips into your festivities.
- Keep exits and walkways clear of decorations. It’s important to be able to evacuate your home or office without obstacles in the case of an emergency.
- If you wear Halloween costumes, pick one without trailing fabric and make sure you’re able to see through masks.
- Use battery-operated candles in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles with real flames. Even if you’re used to real candles, an increase in décor and festivities make them even more dangerous this time of year.
ServiceMaster Advantage is your local disaster restoration expert in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties. We hope the tips above help you stay safe all year long. Contact us if you experience a fire, smoke or water damage. Homeowners rely on us every day for our full array of services. Our team will repair your property in a timely manner, keep you informed the whole way through and ensure the job is done right.
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