A red flag wind advisory and dry conditions has put Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and fire personnel on alert for potential brush fires.
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Brush fires are a concern that everyone in the community should address, but homeowners and business owners should also be aware of the danger of residential and commercial fires.
Paul Davis Emergency Services of Valencia, provider of water, fire and mold damage clean up and restoration services, is participating in National Fire Protection Association‘s Fire Prevention Week, starting Sunday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 12.
This year’s fire safety campaign theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires, which focuses on educating the public about the dangers of unattended cooking as the leading cause of home fires. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
According to the latest NFPA research, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen–more than any other place in the home. Fires that start in the kitchen can be dangerous when left burning for only a few minutes and may result in significant damage and injuries.
Paul Davis suggests the following tips to help keep homeowners and their families safe:
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
- Before leaving the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to as a reminder.
- Use the stove’s back burners whenever possible, especially if children are present.
- Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
- When cooking, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
- Smoke alarms should be installed in the kitchen and throughout the home; never remove or disable smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Have a family plan in place and conduct a home fire drill at least twice a year.
- Have a portable ladder in each second floor room.
- Check fire extinguishers for expiration and replace as needed.
- Have an updated, emergency first aid kit.
Contact a licensed professional or restoration and emergency service company if damage to your home or business is significant. Qualified technicians are certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
About Paul Davis
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides complete remodeling services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
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Source: Santa Clarita News