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Avoid Fire Damage in San Marco with these Tips

8/6/2015 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating to a home and a family.

Protect Your San Marco Home from Smoke and Fire Damage

A vigilant approach is the best way to avoid a house fire and fire damage in your San Marco home.  By taking the following precautions, homeowners can protect their house from smoke and fire damage.

Creating an Escape Plan

A National Fire Protection Association survey indicated that many homeowners overestimate the time they have to escape their house during a fire. Since a home fire is an unexpected, high-stress event, it is imperative to create an escape plan. The ideal plan has an exit strategy that shows a minimum of two ways to get out of each room when possible and ensures that windows and doors can be easily opened.  No one should re-enter the house to retrieve pets or belongings after escaping a fire.

Following Safe Electrical Guidelines

The U.S. Fire Administration states that 280 people die, and 1,000 more people are injured in America every year due to electrical fires, many of which are preventable. Homeowners should:

Plug all major appliances into an outlet instead of a power strip or extension cord.

Talk to an electrician about installing AFCIs or arc fault circuit interrupters, to shut off electricity in the event of a dangerous arcing fault.

Installing Smoke Alarms

When it comes to fire and fire damage prevention, smoke alarms are an essential preventive tool a homeowner can use. Statistics from the American Red Cross show that 65 percent of deaths from home fires occurred in houses that did not have an operable smoke alarm. All smoke alarms should be interconnected, so they sound off upon smoke detection. Replace all smoke alarms every ten years even if they still functional.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Arlington is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Marco community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

We understand that you may be feeling stressed and vulnerable.  Our technicians will treat your home with care and your family with empathy.  Call us for help.(904) 721-2230

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