The professionals at PuroClean Emergency Recovery Services care about fire prevention month because we’ve seen first hand the devastation fire causes to homes, families, and businesses!
Fires happen – especially in large urban areas.
According to statistics gathered by the NFPA, your household currently has a 1 in 4 chance of having a home fire large enough to be reported to a fire department during an average lifetime. And most of these fires occur in the Fall and Winter months.
Statistically, more residential fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. And, last year, at the national level, there were a few more fires than the year before. So there is still much work to be done in terms of fire prevention.
So Why Should We Care About Fire Prevention Month?
Because: the best news since the beginning of the Fire Safety initiatives is that every year deaths from fires of all kinds have been reduced.
Each generation has had a lower risk of dying in fire than the previous generation. For example, 90 years ago, your chance of dying in a fire in the U.S. would have been about 12 times what it is today.
Closer to home we have something to celebrate!
Last year, the Fire Department of Philadelphia recorded a twenty-three percent (23%) reduction in fire fatalities. This is the lowest loss of life by fire in Philadelphia history!
So, what can we attribute these positive changes to? Education!
More people care about care about fire prevention.
More people are now aware of the one key thing they can do to survive a fire: install smoke alarms.
In 70 percent (70%) of the fire fatalities that did occur in Philadelphia last year, the smoke alarms and/or sprinkler systems weren’t working.
Smoke alarms are so effective in saving lives that many municipalities now have programs for people to obtain smoke alarms if they can’t afford to buy them. (For people living in Philadelphia who can’t afford to buy a smoke alarm, call the hotline at 215-686-1176. The City will help you to obtain one at no cost.)
What you may not know is…
In addition to installing smoke alarms on every floor of your home and having an escape plan, there’s one more thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from death by fire:
Close your bedroom door while sleeping!
The City of Philadelphia Freedom from Fire Website provides these additional tips to avoid death by fire:
• Once installed, make sure to test your smoke alarms weekly and change the batteries twice a year when you change our clocks for day light savings time.
• Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
• When you plan and practice your home fire drill during fire prevention month, include a family meeting place in the plan.
• If the smoke alarm sounds, make sure you feel the closed doors for heat. IF THE DOOR IS HOT DON’T OPEN THE DOOR – FIND A SECOND WAY OUT.
• Smoke kills! Make sure you stay low when exiting the building since smoke rises.
• IF A FIRE STRIKES OR THE ALARM SOUNDS, LEAVE QUICKLY! FIRE IS VERY FAST! In some cases, you may only have 2 minutes to exit safely. So the lesson is: GET OUT AND STAY OUT! NEVER GO BACK INTO A BURNING BUILDING.
By following these tips, you and your loved ones may survive in good health if the unthinkable should happen!
But, if you do have a fire, remember our number: 877-750-7876.
And, after the fire is out, follow these tips to begin the process of recovery.
The property damage professionals at PuroClean Emergency Recovery Services are the premiere fire and smoke damage restoration service in the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill region.
We’re trained to work with your insurance company, and we’ll turn your property back to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.