100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week highlights importance of emergency exit planning – The Gilmer Mirror

100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week Highlights the Importance of Emergency Exit Planning

Local disaster remediation specialist SERVPRO provides homeowners with critical fire survival resources and answers common fire damage questions

Bullard (Grassroots Newswire) September 22, 2022 – During the week of October 9, 2022, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, the oldest public health observance in the United States. The timing of the annual event commemorates the date of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, 1871 and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. 1

In support of this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week2 – “The fire will not wait. Plan your escape– Susan Meacham, SERVPRO Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration Specialist® of Lindale, North Smith County, reminds local home and business owners that the most important thing to do when a fire breaks out is to get out of the building. “This is especially true during a home fire,” says Meacham. “The NFPA warns that homes today are burning faster than ever, leaving residents two minutes or less to safely escape a home fire after the smoke detector is triggered.”

According to the NFPA, your ability to escape a fire depends on two things: early warning from smoke alarms and planning ahead. Their Fire Prevention Week website (https://www.nfpa.org/fpw) offers information and resources in English and Spanish to help homeowners choose and maintain a smoke alarm, plan an escape route and make sure everyone, including children and the elderly, knows what to do in the event of a fire.

If your home is hit by fire, says Meacham, the next challenge you face is cleanup and restoration. “That’s where a disaster remediation specialist like SERVPRO can help,” says Meacham. “Our website offers answers to FAQs3 who can help you understand what to do first after a fire, how the fire repair and restoration process works, and more. Even small fires or nearby fires can cause significant damage to a home’s walls, ceilings, and contents, so it’s best to consult a professional to see if remediation is the way to go.

Other frequently asked questions about covered fires include:

  • What objects can survive a house fire?
  • Can smoke damage be removed?
  • How much does it cost to repair a house damaged by fire?
  • How to clean up after a fire?
  • What should I do with all the water that was used to put out the fire?
  • How to recognize and deal with smoke damage even if your home was not directly affected by fire?

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping repair damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit www.servpro.com/. For more information about SERVPRO in the area, please contact one of the local business owners below.

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping repair damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information about SERVPRO of Lindale, North Smith County, please contact Susan Meacham at (903) 279-8713 or [email protected] For more information about SERVPRO, please visit www.servpro.com/.

1 https://youtu.be/tI-_AtGkvT4
2 https://www.nfpa.org/events/events/fire-prevention-week/on
3 https://www.servpro.com/resources/faq/fire-damage

Robert M. Larson