Fire Safety Tips Supporting Fire Prevention Week from Paul Davis of Southeast Virginia, Oct. 7-13
Newport News, VA - October 7, 2018 - Paul Davis of Southeast Virginia, a leading national provider of water, fire and mold damage cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties, supports the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record, established in 1922 following the Great Chicago Fire that killed hundreds and left hundreds of thousands homeless. This year's fire safety campaign theme is, LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. For example, look for places in your home where fires can start. Listen for the sounds of smoke alarms and know what to do if you hear them. And, learn how to make a home escape plan.
According to the NFPA, here are campaign tips:
• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Visit the website for more about fire safety at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-audience.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
• For more information, visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org,
Paul Davis suggests the following tips to help keep homeowners and families safe:
• Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the home including the kitchen, basement, and every bedroom and outside sleeping area.
• Never remove or disable smoke alarms.
• Test smoke alarms at least once per month by pushing the test button.
• Interconnect smoke alarms so if one sounds, they all do.
• If smoke alarms don't work, replace the correct size battery or the entire smoke alarm unit.
• Don't let children play with fire.
• Don't leave cooking items or clothing irons unattended.
• Place a portable ladder in each second-floor room.
• Have an updated, emergency first aid kit.
• Develop a family plan and conduct a home "Fire Drill" at least twice a year.
• Check fire extinguishers for expiration and replace as needed.
• Handle gasoline or propane-powered equipment cautiously.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors.
Paul Davis and fire industry professionals will help spread the word in their communities about the importance of fire safety. Contact a licensed professional or restoration and emergency services company if damage to your home or business is significant. All technicians are certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
For more than 50 years, Paul Davis has restored residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, mold, storms and disasters. The experts at Paul Davis understand the complex process of recovering from property damage and provide complete services; there is no need for the expense and confusion of hiring multiple contractors. Paul Davis is a one-stop shop for disaster damage and restoration. Paul Davis has more than 375 independently owned franchises in the USA and Canada. The professionals at Paul Davis are certified in emergency restoration, reconstruction and remodeling. Visit the local office website at https://virginia-peninsula.pauldavis.com/.
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