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Los Angeles Fire Damage Team. Are You Prepared?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A home burning in a fire with statistics about numbers of fires in the United States. These statistics are alarming. How do you prevent fire damage in your home?

In 2018, Fire Departments in the United States responded to 1.3million fires resulting in $25.6B in property damage loss. Based on research studies completed by the NFPA, otherwise known as the National Fire Protection Association, while the volume of fires decreases annually, the number of fatalities that occur as a result of fire damage remains the same. On average, there is a death every 2 hours and 24 minutes from civilian fire damage (NFPA, 2018). These deaths are preventable and this is a number we need to change. Here are a few things you can do to be better prepared for fire damage: 

  1. Understand Fire Risk and Safety - We all know not to run into an active fire, but did you know that keeping doors closed during a fire can help prevent the spread of the fire?  
  2. Test Your Smoke Alarms - The Fire Department recommends testing your units at least once a year, however, in some cases, this should be practiced on a quarterly basis.
  3. Check Wiring to Appliances - Ensuring that appliances and electrical equipment are properly wired and stored can assist in preventing unexpected fire damages. 
  4. Have an Action Plan - Having a rehearsed evacuation plan is a great start. Also consider creating an ‘emergency backpack’ with emergency supplies in the event of an emergency. 

You and your family’s safety should always be the number one priority in any emergency planning. Check out these other fire damage tips that can help in the event of an emergency. The SERVPRO of Park la Brea team is here to help you through any size fire in the Los Angeles area

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