As an electrical based company we believe it is our responsibility to educate the community on fire safety and prevention. This past weekend the Today Show presented a segment on fire safety and fire drills. They covered the story of a family that did not have a fire safety plan, struggles to escape and lost their 17-year-old son in the tragic accident. No one ever believes that they will experience a fire during their life time but home electrical problems cause more than 75,000 fires each year. These electrical fires result in more than 500 deaths, 1,400 + injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage every year. Studies show that most Americans have no idea what to do if their house catches fire. Fifty-two percent have never talked to their kids about fire safety, and eighty two percent of families have never practiced a family fire drill. With the colder weather, there is an increase use of electrical products, making people more susceptible to electrical fires, electrocutions and injuries.
Fires can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. To prepare, you should pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.
It is important to always be prepared so that you can your family can prevent further damage that could occur during an electrical fire. Transworld offers many electrical safety tips on our website blog (Transworld Talks). Transworld’s electricians can perform a unique testing service called CurrentSAFE that will ensure safety of all the electrical devices, connections and wires inside and outside your home. This test can be done without cutting any holes or damaging any of your walls.
Transworld is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe! Please contact us if you want to any more information on fire safety and prevention.