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Risk Reduction Tips for Preventing House Fires | SERVPRO® of Macon
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While most of us would agree that experiencing a house fire does not sound like something we want to endure, have you thought about the ways you can actively keep your home safer from one?
Preventing a fire from starting and knowing what to do if one does occur is so important to your safety and your home, especially when you consider that it takes less than a minute for fires to spread.
Taking action toward fire safety is not a complicated process and it will provide you with extremely valuable peace of mind as you go about your days. Here are some of the best tips we have for fire safety.
How Can I Actively Keep My Home Safer From Fires?
Check your smoke detectors. The first thing we recommend for fire safety is making sure you have an adequate number of smoke detectors and that you are checking them regularly to ensure they are operational. Smoke detectors should be on every floor and near every sleeping area, and should generally be tested monthly to ensure they are operational.
Create a fire escape plan. If you do hear an alert from your smoke detectors, knowing what comes next is key. Having a fire escape plan that you and your family can execute in under two minutes will help you get everyone to safety in the event of a fire starting so you can get outside and call for help quickly.
Limit your fire risks. Good habits around the house can go a long way toward your fire safety efforts, too. Even little things such as being careful with candles, avoiding leaving the stove unattended and being safe when grilling can go a long way in reducing your chances of ever experiencing a house fire in the first place.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. If there is an open flame nearby, it is wise to have a fire extinguisher nearby, too. Be sure it is operational, rated for the right type of fire you might be dealing with and that you know how to use it. If a fire is contained and small, extinguishing it can help prevent it from becoming a much larger problem.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Follow These Tips When Fire or Smoke Damage Has Affected Your Home or Business
Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage can be overwhelming, dangerous and devastating. While waiting on SERVPRO of Macon to arrive, follow these tips until help arrives.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic area and upholstery.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood block between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
- Do not shampoo any carpet or upholstery
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaning since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
- Do not attempt to clean smoke-damaged surfaces or contents yourself
- Try to take inventory of belongings that may have been damage
Not every fire, smoke or soot claim is the same. However, SERVPRO of Macon professionals are Here To Help get you and your family or busines “Like it never even happened.”
For more information contact us anytime at 478-474-6700!
How SERVPRO of Macon Can Help Assist In Fire Damage
Electrical fires can happen at anytime or anyplace. Contact our emergency service at 478-474-6700
Any fire or smoke damage to your home or business can be overwhelming and devastating. During these trying times, understanding your needs is our #1 priority and getting you back “Like it never even happened.” Our team of professionals are highly trained in fire restoration and have years of professional experience.
SERVPRO’S 1-4-8 Service Response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal. We also specialize in document restoration and will help insure your property has been inventoried.
Our restoration services include:
- Fire, Smoke and Soot Removal
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Large Loss Storm Response
- Move or Pack Outs
- Contents Restoration
- Document Drying
- Content Claim Inventory Service
From the floors to the walls and ceiling and upholstery, we will take care of everything, so you don’t have to. SERVPRO of Macon works with many insurance companies such as State Farm, Georgia Farm Bureau, Alfa Insurance, USAA, National General, Farmers Insurance, Allstate, Geico and many, many more. We are the #1 trusted leader in fire restoration services.
For emergency services, please do not hesitate to call us at 478-474-6700!
Ensure Every Cookout Is a Safe One With Fire Safety Tips
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f you are trying to make the most of a summer afternoon, cooking a delicious meal on the grill is a natural way to do it. While the taste of a freshly grilled meal can’t be beat, we do like to remind everyone of some essential safety tips as summer moves into full swing. As with any activity that involves an open flame, a few prevention tactics can make a big difference in your overall safety.
A grill fire can start in the blink of an eye, and it is reported that over 5,500 do every year by the U.S. Fire Administration. Knowing the essentials of grilling safety can stop you from being part of this statistic so you can remain safe during every cookout.
Know the Essentials of Grilling Safety
Create a safe zone around your grill. When you set your grill up in your yard, you are likely thinking more about convenience than safety, but both are equally important. Keeping three feet around your grill is what is recommended so if a flare-up does occur, there is nothing nearby that could catch fire.
Clean your grill grates often. Bits of food and grease can adhere to your grill grates when you are cooking, which can not only alter the cooking temperatures of your grill but can also lead to a fire hazard. These bits of food can ignite suddenly if they are left undisturbed, so experts advise cleaning them off after every meal.
Never leave the grill unattended. If a fire starts in your grill, it can quickly begin to spread to other parts of the area—and if no one is around, it may not be noticed until the damage has already been done. If you have to step away from the grill for any reason, be certain you are able to have someone take your place with a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a flare-up.
Inspect the grill regularly. As with any piece of equipment, your grill should be maintained, and wear and tear is expected with time. Checking your propane lines regularly can help prevent any dangerous gas leaks from occurring, which is why we recommend doing it before every cookout just in case.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us https://www.SERVPROmacon.com/contact/contactus anytime day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.
What the House Fire Recovery Process Looks Like
If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Macon is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.
A fire breaking out in your home is always a difficult thing to endure, and everyone’s safety is the primary concern. Be sure that you have an evacuation plan in place that everyone in the home can follow to get to safety, first and foremost, and then consider planning ahead for the fire recovery process to be better prepared.
In what is an overwhelming time, knowing what to expect can help you manage the stress of the situation much more effectively.Planning Ahead for the Fire Recovery Process
Prepare yourself for what to expect. Before you enter your home it will be impossible to truly know what it will look like inside, but understanding the possible types of damage can help blunt the emotional impact it might have. Fire damage can impact far reaches of the home that were nowhere near the flames, and the firefight can often cause unexpected damage as well.
Wait to enter your home. Staying safe is the common thread that ties every aspect of house fire preparedness together, and the aftermath is no different. Make sure you listen to authorities regarding when it is safe to return to the house—structural damage is common after a fire, and can lead to the risk of injury for anyone who is entering without authorization.
Contact your insurance company. Getting in touch with your insurance company is the best way to understand what the claims process is like, as it is always different based on what provider you are insured with. Contact them quickly to ensure you are taking the right steps to start your claim.
Document the damages. Taking inventory can be a tedious process, but it is an important one. Not only will many insurance providers ask for this to process the damages, but having photographs and a detailed list is a good way to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Contact your restoration company. The peace of mind that comes with hiring a restoration company you can count on is one of the best things you can give yourself. Fires have a serious emotional impact, so streamlining the restoration process and getting back to your home as soon as possible can significantly lessen the stress you will likely be facing.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.
Common causes for house fires
The top most common causes of house fires
- Cooking Equipment
- Smoking in bedrooms
- Electrical equipment
- Curious Children
- Faulty wiring
- Flammable liquids
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number one cause of home fires is unattended cooking. However, we realize that accidents happen. Having a fire extinguisher ready and available should be placed in your kitchen, garage or office. You should also know how to properly use a fire extinguisher for the in-case in the event you may need to use one.
Heating equipment such as space heaters should only be used if a small section of your home needs to be heated. The heater should be kept away from anything that could easily catch fire such as curtains, furniture, clothing, and even animals. We recommend your home or business should have alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home or business. We also recommend placing a Carbon Monoxide detector in every room that contains a fuel-burning appliance.
While smoking-related fires accounted for only 2% of all residential building fires, they were a leading cause of civilian fire deaths, accounting for 14% of fire deaths in residential buildings. Non-confirmed fires accounted for 93% of residential buildings smoking related fires.
An electrical appliance such as a microwave or flat iron can start a fire if it is faulty or the cord is frayed. Overloaded power adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. If the power strip is not used properly, the results can be devastating.
Candles can smell nice and can come in handy to quickly cover up smells. However, 85% of candle fires are due to negligence. NEVER leave a burning candle unattended. NEVER burn a candle on or near furniture, curtains, walls or flammable items. If the candle is in a glass container, make sure to not let the candle burn all way to the bottom of the glass. The heat of the glass could explode, causing the wax to melt out or the wax/flame could fall out and cause a fire. ALWAYS keep candles out of the reach of children or pets.
It’s very important to teach our children fire safety! Most fires caused by children involve matches or lighters. However, studies have found that children playing with candles, stoves, fireworks and cigarettes are most common. You should lead by example, explain why they cannot use fire, treat matches and lighters like tools, keep matches and lighters out of reach of children, reward children for making right decisions with matches and lighters and encourage your child’s school to promote fire safety.
Kinks in wiring cause electrical resistance with the wire. Frayed wires and extension cords and even damaged phone chargers are some examples of faulty wiring. Do you know some of the signs of faulty wiring? Flickering or buzzing of lights, feeling a tingle when you touch an electrical appliance, discoloration around outlets or even unusual smells or odors coming from appliances or outlets are some signs of faulty wiring. It’s recommended to get an electrical check every 3-5 years. If you notice sounds coming from within your walls or attic, this could be a potential issue and we recommend you contact a professional to handle both the rodent infestation and any potential electrical issues.
When grilling outdoors, you should always keep your grill away from your home or structure. You should never leave your grill unattended and should always be properly cleaned when not in use. Grills should be kept away from tablecloths, plants, trees, children and pets. If using a gas grill, you should always check for leaks. A great way is to apply a soap and water mix to each connection in the gas lines. Turn on the gas and look for bubbles. If you see bubbles, tighten the fitting with a wrench and recheck. If unsure how to check, take your gas tank to your local propane company.
If you have flammable liquids in your home or business, they should be kept securely and away from heat sources. Always check the label for storing.
Did you know that lamp shades and light fittings can also contribute to house fires? Fabric lampshades can easily catch fire. Fabric shades are for accenting a room and lighting a path through an area. LED light bulbs are the coolest lighting available. They stay cool no matter how many hours the light is on.
For more information, please visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/
SERVPRO of Macon is always here when you need us. We care about you and your loved one’s safety. If you or your business experience any of these disasters, contact SERVPRO of Macon 24 hours seven days a week at 478-474-6700! Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Does your home or business have a fire extinguisher?
Always remember to PASS
It’s very important to not only have fire extinguishers in your home or business but also know how to use them. Some safety tips are essential to know as it may one day save your home, business or even your life. Most fire extinguishers operate the same way. Make sure to stand six to eight feet away from the fire.
Fire Safety Tips:
Check all electrical appliances, cords and outlets monthly.
Carefully read the directions for proper use of space heaters, electrical cords.
Be vigilant in the kitchen. Always keep a close eye on food while cooking. If you leave the kitchen, turn the stove off. Take an oven mitt or spoon to remind yourself of the food left on the stove.
Keep fireplaces kept clean and free of paper, wood or flammable materials that can escape while burning or left unattended.
Always keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
Use candles safely by keeping them away from children, pets, furniture and curtains.
Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year (I.e. Spring & Fall)
Practice fire drills at home and work
Always remember to PASS
Pull the pin at the top to break the temper seal
Aim the extinguisher low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent
Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, continuing to aim at the base of the fire until it appears to be out
Did you know there are 4 types of fire extinguishers?
Water extinguishers are filled with regular tap water. The best way to remove heat is to dump water on the fire, however depending on the type of fire, this is not always the best option.
The foam has a blanketing effect that knocks down the flames, smothering and cooling them. Hopefully preventing re-ignition of the flammable vapors by sealing the surface of the solution.
Dry Power extinguishers
Dry power fire extinguishers interrupt the chemical reaction of the fire by coating the fuel with a thin layer of powder, separating the fuel from the surrounding oxygen.
Carbon Dioxide (C02) extinguishers
C02 extinguishers contain carbon dioxide, a non –flammable gas. C02 is heavier than oxygen so these extinguishers work by displacing or taking away oxygen from the surrounding area. C02 is also very cold so it also works by cooling the fuel. C02 is non corrosive and on conductive.
Fire Damage: What You Should Know
A fire in an adjacent building caused smoke damage to this office. SERVPRO of Macon was called in to clean up the aftermath
Fire Damage Restoration: What You Should Know
Whether it's a fire in the home or a fire in a business, fire damage can be devastating. The shock of a fire to a family or business owner can feel overwhelming, and most people don't quite know what to do. Fire damage can range in severity. From smoke damage and soot damage to serious structural deterioration, fire in a home or fire in a business is nothing to be taken lightly. Fire damage restoration is an in depth process that should be entrusted to a professional restoration company. A fire cleanup should only be carried out by skilled experts.
After a loss to fire, a professional restoration company should be contacted right away to determine the best course of action. Usually the first thing that will be done is to secure the property by boarding up the damaged structure to keep curious people and animals out. Skilled experts can then begin the assessment of smoke damage, soot damage, fire damage, and water damage associated with such a loss. The severity and types of damage that have occurred will depend on the intensity of the fire and the composition of the structure. Commercial fire damage in a steel building may be limited to smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage to the interior, and require only remodeling and mitigation of the smoke smell. Fire in the home however, can often be more severe, as many homes are built of wood and filled with more flammable building materials like carpets and furniture. A professional restoration company should be the only ones entrusted to assess the extent of fire damage and carry out the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration.
After the initial board up and assessment of damage the restoration company can begin the fire cleanup. This means removing any furniture or appliances damaged by the fire in the home or fire in the business. Many articles will be lost to smoke damage and soot damage, even though they have not been burned. If there was fire in a business damaged products will need to be sorted and evaluated to determine the extent of the commercial fire damage. The smoke odor will in some instances never quite come out furniture or appliances that go through commercial fire damage or residential fires. Each item needs to be evaluated.
When all furniture and appliances have been removed the fire damage restoration process can begin. To mitigate the smoke odor the property will usually be opened up and well ventilated. Damaged drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles and the like will be removed. Once the house or business has been properly stripped of its damaged interior, structural inspection can take place to determine what repairs are needed. The property may be left in a board up state and ventilated for a few days to diminish the smoke smell. Chemical cleaners may also be used to aid the process. The fire cleanup process must be expected to take days if not weeks depending on severity, as the professionals entrusted will want to do a thorough job. Fire damage restoration is no small matter and needs to be entrusted to these skilled experts. After the property has been sufficiently cleaned the board up may be removed and the process of rebuilding and/or remodeling may begin.
What to Do After a Fire Related Loss:
-Board up the property to ensure it's inaccessible to people or animals;
-Contact your insurance company, if applicable;
-Call a professional restoration company immediately and set up a consultation;
Residential and commercial fire damage can be devastating emotionally, mentally, and financially. But home and business owners alike need to remember that they are not alone, and that there are highly skilled and trained experts ready to help them. The sooner these professionals are contacted, the sooner family life and business can get back on track. If you or someone you know has experienced a residential or commercial fire related loss contact a professional restoration company today.
The hours and days following fire damage
A fire disaster can cause serious damage to your house. The resultant flames, smoke, heat, and even water can have permanent repercussions on the structure and many of your items. The contents that survive fire damage may sustain extensive smoke damage in exchange. The firefighters may also cut holes in the walls or roof when putting out the flames, leaving you with a massive cleanup job.
Time and patience are crucial when dealing with any form of fire damage. Once the fire fighting crew leaves, SERVPRO can come in and initiate the restoration process. We have highly skilled, IICRC-trained technicians that are on standby in case of an emergency. Using special smoke cleanup and restoration techniques, we can restore your property to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
When the fire calms down, the resultant smoke damage appears in the form of discolored walls, charred items, or soot and ash on the floor. In some cases, other side effects such as smells can remain behind, presenting health risks to the occupants. It is important to keep in mind that some signs of smoke damage can show almost immediately while others take several hours (sometimes days) after the event to manifest.
Within a few days of smoke and fire damage, walls and flooring may turn yellow (although this yellowing effect does not show right away). Warping and discoloration can also occur on wood and plastic surfaces/appliances. Metal hardware tends to rust and corrode away several hours after a fire. If you have tiles, counter tops, or any other surface with porous stone such as travertine, granite, or marble, the acidic residue in soot can cause them to discolor permanently.
Certain surfaces, especially fabric items, may show both visible signs of fire damage and smoke odor. Smoke releases tiny carbon particles into the air that, when deposited, are known as soot. The first step SERVPRO takes to reduce the smell of a fire is getting rid of this smoke deposit or soot.
In addition to these tiny particles, smoke also contains various components that contribute to the unbearable smell that lingers after fire damage. These include toxic gases and vapors. Vapors are misty droplets that can be poisonous upon absorption or inhalation. Toxic gases come in different forms. Carbon monoxide is the most common toxic gas in a fire disaster. Household products such as plastics, vinyl, and other materials containing chlorine produce phosgene during combustion. Carpets, synthetics, clothing, and carpets release hydrogen cyanide when burning.
The smell that follows smoke damage penetrates different materials after some time. Unless a professional fire damage restoration company cleans up and deodorizes these items properly, the smoky smell may remain for a long time. SERVPRO technicians can pinpoint the source of the odor and neutralize it accordingly.
Do not leave your property to fate when a fire disaster comes knocking. SERVPRO of Macon is a part of your community and can arrive promptly to reverse the fire damage. Call us anytime at (478) 474-6700!
Water and Mold Damage after a fire?
Fire damage is caused by the actually fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage.
Fire damage can also cause different toxins to react causing explosions or they can act as accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage.
Water damage is always present with fire damage because the flames have to be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the initial fire damage.
Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a house that has been badly burned, even those rooms that were not burnt. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more are completely covered in charcoal black soot. Some items are not salvageable and the items that are have to be properly cleaned or the soot can permanently destroy them.
After experiencing a house fire the water damage has to be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Macon.
Smoke Alarm know-how
Have you ever taken the batteries out of that annoying beeping smoke detector in your home? I know I have, and I’m sure you may have done that before too. However, this could be very dangerous if you don’t replace the batteries and make sure your smoke alarm is working properly.
The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. NFPA focuses on these key messages:
•Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
•Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
•To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
Here’s how to check:
1-Remove the smoke alarm from the wall/ceiling.
2-Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture
3-Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture
4-Put the alarm back on the ceiling/wall if it is less than 10 years old.
•Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
•Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button
•If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside/ go to your outside meeting place
•A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat & fire
•Call the fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s phone. Stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
•Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice different ways out.
•Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help.
•Make sure the number on your home is clearly marked and easy fo rht fire department to find.
•Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
This week is an also an opportunity for local firefighters to visit schools and teach children the importance of fire safety. They want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe. Firefighters are also encouraging smokers to make sure they throw out butts and ashes correctly because it only takes something small to spark a fire if the conditions are dry.
For more information on fire safety please visit: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week
Do’s and Don’ts of heating your Middle Georgia home
Even though Macon usually has mild winters, there is still a need for heating homes or businesses at some point during the winter months.
Remember these tips when heating your Macon home or business:
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be completely cooled before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from the home.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always us the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
Should you suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700! Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Content Restoration after a Fire
Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Macon understands the trauma that follows a loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.
Some of our Contents services include:
Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of Macon technician can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time consuming process.
Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office and move them into our secure facilities.
Contents Cleaning – All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO of Macon technicians begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO of Macon can provide wet or dry cleaning. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as pre loss condition as possible. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.
Call SERVPRO of Macon today! (478) 474-6700
Quick Facts about House Fires
Did you know that each year more than 12,600 people are injured in home fires in the United States? It is important to be prepared and know the facts about home fires.
- Home fires can be prevented.
- Fire is fast. In two minutes, a fire could kill you. In only five minutes, a whole house can be engulfed in flames.
- Fire is very hot! However, heat and smoke have the potential to be more dangerous than the flames.
- Hot air can burn your lungs and fire produces poisonous gas that can make you sleepy and unable to escape.
- Fire is very dark. This can make it difficult to find your way out of your house during a fire.
- Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe.
You can always be prepared to prevent deadly fires in your home. Just taking a few precautions can help save you and your family.
These fire facts were found on www.ready.gov!