As a trusted Real Estate Professional that has the complete, undivided attention of your clients, you have the ability to offer some fire safety tips that will transcend just a single transaction with your clients during Fire Prevention Month. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and approximately 25,000 are injured. A little education for you to share with your clients can continue to make them an invaluable asset to them. Here are some quick tips to share with them.
Fire Safety For Realtors
Buy a smoke alarm from Home Hazard Prevention. With the many styles and ways to install to consider; you should hire a professional fire fighter to take care of this. They are inexpensive protection and a working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival. Test it monthly, keep it free of dust and replace the battery at least once a year for all units at the same time. Smoke alarms themselves should be replaced after 10 years of service, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Too often children are left alone and the result can be deadly. Children have a natural curiosity and the ability to copy the behaviors of their parents, such as using a lighter or match. It only takes a few seconds for a child to start a fire, so please make sure to discuss the dangers associated with these tools. Tragically, children set over 20,000 house fires every year. Take the mystery out of fire play by having the professional firefighters at HHP talk to your clients (and staff) about fire safety.
When using appliances, follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that appliances need to be shut off, then replaced or repaired. Unplug appliances when not in use. Use safety caps to cover all unused outlets, especially if there are small children in the home.
Electrical Circuit Overloading
It’s tempting to plug lights, extension cords or other appliances into the handiest outlet. If you overload a circuit, you are asking for trouble. Never plug in more than two appliances in the same receptacle at one time. Do not place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas. Immediately shut off and unplug appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. Have them professionally repaired or replaced.
Plan Their Escape
Have your clients practice an escape plan from every room in the house. Caution everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot. Select a location where everyone can meet after escaping the house. Get out; then call for help and never re-enter the structure for any reason.
Home Hazard Prevention
We can cover all of these, and more, topics for your clients and staff. We offer completely customized safety programs all over the Valley. Furthermore, our residential services include fresh batteries for and cleaning of all smoke alarms, a brand new fire extinguisher with all of your Real Estate contact info on it, infant safety, CPR training, car seat education where applicable, and a host of other safety programs. All done on your behalf so you can continue being a consummate professional in your clients’ eyes.
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