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Holiday Home Fire Safety Tips from Paul Davis Restoration

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Family gatherings, entertaining and festive decorations are among the highlights of the holiday season. According to the United States Fire Administration, during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Yearís season, there is an elevated risk for home fires due to extensive cooking, decorations, home heating and open flames.

Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., a national franchise company and leading provider of fire damage and water damage clean up and restoration services for residential and commercial properties offers the following tips to make the holidays safe for you and your family.

Holiday Decorations: Decorate with non-combustible or flame-resistant materials. Never use lighted candles on a tree, evergreens or other flammable materials. Donít place candles near children, pets or gift wrapping.

Lights: Make sure there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections. Check labels to be sure about the proper use of indoor and outdoor lights. Donít overload electrical outlets.

Trees: Cut a few inches off the trunk of the tree and fill the stand with water to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled "Fire Resistant." Place trees away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters.

Fire Escape Plan: Make sure everyone understands the escape routes and where to meet once outside.

Smoke Alarms: Make sure your smoke alarms are in proper working order and change the batteries at least twice a year.

Fire Extinguishers: Make sure there is a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher.

Fireplace/Chimney: Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Never burn greens, boughs, papers, or other decorations in the fireplace.

Keep a list with important emergency phone numbers: Include police and fire departments, doctors and the national poison help line.

In case of emergency property damage, contact a licensed, professional fire damage clean up and restoration company.

Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides advanced mold cleanup services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Clean Trust. For more information, visit the website at www.pdrestoration.com.

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