As a trusted Real Estate professional, you have the complete, undivided attention of your clients and the ability to offer fire safety tips to transcend 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. Sharing a little education with your clients can continue to make them an invaluable asset. 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 types of installation; you should hire a professional fire fighter to take care of this. Alarms are inexpensive protection, and a working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival. Monthly testing and cleaning are recommended. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year for all units. Doing them all at the same time will save you time down the line. Smoke alarms themselves should be replaced after 10 years of service, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Too often children are left on their own 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. 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 families about fire safety.
The manufacturer’s safety precautions should always be reviewed before using an appliance. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that an appliance needs to be shut off, then replaced or professionally repaired. Appliances should be unplugged 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 though, you are asking for trouble. Never plug more than two appliances into the same receptacle at one time. Do not place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.
Plan Their Escape
Have your clients practice an escape plan from every room in their new house. Caution everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot. They should select a location safely away from the house where everyone can meet after escaping. Get out; then call for help and never re-enter the structure for any reason.
Home Hazard Prevention
We can cover all these topics and more for your clients and staff. Consider this as a Move In gift. We offer completely customized safety programs all over the Valley. Our residential services include fresh batteries for and cleaning of all smoke alarms, a new fire extinguisher with all 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. Contact us today to get started giving the gift that protects and shows how valuable your clients are to you.
‘Safety Nick’, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC (HHP). As a professional firefighter in the Valley since 2005 with an extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, Nick felt that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe and protect their loved ones in a proactive manner. In 2012, HHP was launched. With the support of his wonderful (and understanding!) wife and two beautiful children, Nick works tireless hours, not only to help save your family’s lives, as a firefighter and a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family. Nick moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and enjoys exploring our great state with his family.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your family or business safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!) HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. There is no one more qualified than a group of professional firefighters to keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266 or Nick@HomeHazardPrevention.com
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