Fire Safety Tips & What to do
October is Fire Prevention month and is a great time to check your house to make sure you are safe. Here are some tips to help get you started:
- Check your smoke alarms (replace batteries each month to ensure they are working)
- Make an escape plan & practice it
- Have a fire extinguisher & learn to use it
- Get rid of the clutter in your house
- Unplug hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons etc. when not in use
- Don't overload outlets
- Do not place cords or wires under rugs or curtains
- Do not leave a candle unattended
- Remember to turn off the stove
- If using a space heater, turn it off when you leave room
What to do during a fire
Imagine you wake up to an alarm going off.. you're still half asleep and wondering why it's still dark when you're alarm is sounding. Then, you realize it's the smoke alarms!! What do you do? Well, first, you should asses the situation. Is the fire in your room? Is there a lot of smoke?
If you are leaving the room, grab a damp cloth to hold over your nose & mouth. Remember to stay low, crawl on your hands and knees on the floor to avoid the smoke. If you need to open a door, use the back of your hand to check the door handle before you open it.
Get outside as fast as possible!! You only have minutes before the fire & smoke takes over. Get to a safe distance away from the building and call 911.
NEVER go back inside!! This is extremely dangerous and can lead to death.
The fire is out.. Now what?
Call SERVPRO of Alachua County West! We will come clean up and make it "Like it never even happened"
That's right, we will clean your house from top to bottom. Making sure you and your family come back to a clean and healthy home!