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3 Fire Safety Tips for Homeowners

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be extremely destructive, but your adherence to these fire safety tips can help protect your life!

Fire Prevention Week is still a couple of months away, but the importance of fire safety lasts throughout the entire year. Because fires often happen when we least expect it, we usually aren’t prepared for the various situations that might arise. That’s why we’re going to share 3 simple fire safety tips for homeowners to learn and memorize!

  1. If the door handle is hot, don’t open it. Door handles are quick to heat when a large fire is nearby. That’s why closed doors with hot handles should stay closed, and you should seek a secondary exit.
  2. See smoke? Stay low. Smoke is extremely difficult to breathe, especially with all of the gasses, particles, and chemicals that it’s composed of. In many cases, the reason people die in fires isn’t from the fire itself, but from the asphyxiation caused by the smoke. If you see smoke, stay low to the ground to get the best air possible!
  3. Stop, drop, and roll. You probably had this ingrained into your head when you were a child, but it’s one of the most important things to remember should your clothes catch fire. If you try to run or make a lot of movements, you’ll end up exacerbating the problem and the fire will grow!

There are plenty of steps a person can take both before and during a fire, but by remembering these tips, you can save yourself and/or others. Once you manage to escape a burning structure and get to a safe place, immediately call 911!

And if you need help with restoring your property to its preloss condition, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at 828-396-1070!

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