Every October our team observes Fire Prevention Month – a month-long opportunity to raise awareness about the damage that fire can occur, as well as highlight the ways your entire family can stay safe from fires at your home.
Over the entire month of October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other organizations encourage families to learn about fire prevention. In honor of this important initiative, ServiceMaster Advantage offers a basic guide to how fires start at your home, ways to prevent house fires, and what to do if you need fire damage restoration services.
With the origin of Fire Prevention Month starting from the Great Chicago Fire that claimed 250 lives and left 100,000 people homeless in Chicago in 1871, there’s been an emphasis on raising awareness of how fires start at your home. As legend has it, the Great Chicago Fire started in a barn when a cow kicked over a lantern, but the reality is that household fires can start in a number of ways and from a variety of sources. Some of the most common causes of house fires include:
The following are some of the most important statistics to fully understand the cost of house fires:
The truth of many house fires is that injury and death are preventable if individuals followed basic fire safety and prevention measures. Before becoming a statistic, some of the most basic fire prevention and safety measures include:
While these are great guidelines to follow, they only are effective if your entire family is aware of how to prevent accidental house fires. Practicing fire safety at home involves the right mix of prevention, planning, and action. That’s why it is so important to take the opportunity this October to get everyone in your household involved in being better prepared to avoid and react to fires. Here are a few tips to get your family started:
Be sure to use the tips and best practices in this article to make sure your family knows the importance of fire safety at home. If your home is affected by fire or smoke damage, don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster Advantage.
As a trusted disaster restoration company in Harris, Montgomery, and Galveston counties ServiceMaster Advantage has been helping people get back on their feet with prompt and fire damage restoration for decades. Contact us today to learn more about our fire damage restoration and other services we can provide.
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