Fire Prevention Week 2013

Just because we specialize in cleaning up disasters doesn’t mean we want one to happen to you.  This week is Fire Prevention week all across the United States. When we were younger this meant firefighters came to our school but as adults this means planning and teaching our kids and families about what to do if/when a disaster were to strike.

Plan an emergency exit strategy for your family. Show your children escape routes from each room of your home. Teach your family safety measures that everyone is responsible for taking. If one person leaves a candle burning, it becomes everybody’s problem.

Have your children learn as much as possible. Take them to the local fire department (most firefighters love showing kids the fire trucks). Show them fire extinguishers and how to use them. Consider this a life lesson. The fire safety they learn when they are young will likely be the only actual fire safety they get in their lives. Make it memorable.

If a fire does occur, use these steps to ensure your property is best taken care of:

  1. Immediately report the incident to your insurance company and be sure you know what is and isn’t covered (hotel, motel stays are often reimbursable by the insurance company).
  2. Contact Carey Contracting; we’ll temporarily repair your home so no further damage or vandalism is done. From there we’ll prepare a line-by-line estimate. No surprises.
  3. Get permission from the fire department to re-enter your home to take inventory of property loss.

Carey Contracting will help you through this process by communicating both with our client and their insurance company so everyone is working on the same page.

Check out these websites for more information on Fire Prevention and education techniques for children:

http://www.befiresmart.com/default.aspx

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/index.shtm

http://www.safekids.org/fire

There are literally thousands and thousands of other websites; research and set up a plan for your family. It’s better to be safe than sorry.