100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week highlights the importance of emergency exit planning – The Observer

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

Posted at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2022

LaPlace, LA (Grassroots Newswire) – 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” – the fire and water cleanup and restoration specialists with SERVPRO® in the LaPlace area remind 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 Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC. “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, the next challenge you face is cleanup and restoration. “That’s where a disaster remediation specialist like SERVPRO can help,” says Isaacson. “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 LaPlace area, please contact one of the local business owners below.

* For SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City, please contact William Love who can be reached at (504) 468-3047 or [email protected]
* For SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview, please contact Jim Metteauer who can be reached at (504) 468-3046 or [email protected]

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

For over 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold remediation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,000 privately owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from commercial facilities to a million square feet to single-family homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies rely on SERVPRO to make it “like it never happened”.


Robert M. Larson