Stay safe with summertime fire safety tips

Rainbow Restoration® offers preventive measure to avoid home fires this summer

WACO, TX. (JULY 15, 2014) – As temperatures heat up this summer, it’s important to remember that a fire can also heat up and rage out of control in as little as 30 seconds. This month, Rainbow Restoration stresses the importance of families developing a family fire escape plan and, to help prevent fires from starting in the first place, offers these summer fire prevention tips:

Indoor safety

  • Replace your AC air filters regularly and never use an extension cord for a window AC unit.

  • Keep the stove clean. Grease build-up can trigger a fire when contact with heat or a flame is made.

  • Inspect your attic or basement for damaged wires. Rodents and insects can chew on and damage wiring, which can lead to an electrical fire.

  • Take power surges and blown fuses in your home seriously. Flickering lights or occasional power

  • surges could indicate a short somewhere in your home. Have it checked by an electrician.

Outdoor safety

  • Position grills at least 10 feet away from your home, and never place under low hanging tree branches or plants. When disposing of hot coals, drench them with water to make sure the fire is out.

  • Obey burn bans. Never burn trash, leaves, or brush outdoors if there is a burn ban. If you can burn these items, have a water source readily available.

  • Store flammable liquids such as gasoline, poisons, and other flammables safely outdoors. If possible, store them in a building not connected to your home.

  • Use caution when parking vehicles on dry grass or brush as a hot exhaust could start a fire.

Personal choices

  • Have cigarette smokers take it outside. Provide sand-filled containers to place cigarette butts, and make sure butts are completely extinguished.

  • Develop a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month so everyone in the household knows what to do in case of fire.

  • Install smoke detectors in your home and test them monthly. Replace batteries at least once a year.

Rainbow Restoration recommends putting your family’s safety first this summer by taking preventive measures and planning a safe escape if danger strikes. Every second counts when you are trying to escape from a house fire.

About Rainbow Restoration®:

Established in 1981, Rainbow Restoration is a global franchise organization providing residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Rainbow Restoration franchisees offer a broad range of damage restoration services (ranging from water, smoke and fire damage to carpet and upholstery cleaning and deodorization) to more than 400 locations worldwide. The new Rapid Structural Drying Network of Rainbow Restoration has established a network of elite water loss mitigation franchises across the United States. Rainbow Restoration is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit

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