Important Fire Safety Measures for Erie Families
It's important to know that almost one-half of home fire deaths occur in homes without a smoke alarm system.
Most of these home fires occur in winter months when fireplaces, space heaters and overloaded holiday wiring are in play. Statistics show that alcohol use is on-board in nearly half of these fires as well.
The primary cause of home fires is usually some type of accident in the kitchen, while smoking is the leading ause of any fire-related death. Suprisingly, the victims of house fires will ultimately die from smoke inhalation and not from burns suffered.
Interestingly, even though fire alarm's project piercing sound, children, teenagers, and some adults can sleep through it. So, it's important to teach everyone in your family how to escape a fire.
In order to help you prepare your family to quickly escape a fire, here are more tips:
- Locate a good strategic spot to install smoke alarms/detectors. Kitchen areas, bedrooms, and near fireplaces or stoves. Install one smoke alarm on every floor of the house
- Should always replace batteries in smoke detectors once a year. A great reminder of this is; when daylight savings and standard time change each spring and fall, replace those batteries.
- Lookminto replacing smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
For the family:
- Make sure everyone knows to call 9-1-1.
- Teach children to understand the stop, drop, and roll method if their clothing catches on fire.
- Let children get involved with planning a fire escape route. Practice the drill and escape route at least once or twice a year.
- Be sure they know never to go back inside a burning building.
This is only a small portion of the fire protection techniques that help minimize the chance of a home fire and surviving it.
Know that if you incur a fire in your home or business, SRVPRO of West Erie County is availble to aid in the recovery and restoration of your home. We can also process any contents (both soft and hard) from smoke and soot damage.
SERVPRO of West Erie County is staffed with highly trained technicians for any water, fire or biohazard emergency. Please call us at (814) 806-1987. We are Here to Help!