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Fire Safety Tips during the Holidays

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Hattiesburg!

The holidays are one of the most wonderful times of the year! There is nothing better than putting up holiday lights and having the home feel warm and cozy. The holiday lights and extra gatherings mean an increase in our electricity usage. If we aren’t careful, this can be a huge hazard if not used or maintained properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org), holiday fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. 

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg wants to help keep you safe during this holiday season. With the help of the NPFA, we’ve pulled together some safety tips for you to keep in mind! 

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper-resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg understands that there is nothing worse than being out of your home for the holidays. We know that this time of year is filled with traditions and creating memories. Make sure to follow all the tips we’ve listed in order to prevent fires from affecting your holiday season. And, remember, if an emergency occurs inside your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is ready to help you get back to your holiday traditions!

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