Holiday Fire Safety Tips From Guardhouse Security Services
December 20, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle NewsEach year more than 400 house fires are directly associated with Christmas trees, holiday lights and other decorative lighting. According to the National fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), this results in an estimated 21 deaths and more than $25 million in property damage.
Guardhouse Security Services, one of the largest privately owned residential and commercial security companies in Indiana, offers some helpful tips to prevent holiday fire mishaps. And it starts with common sense.
"Dry trees and wreaths, wrapping paper and lighted candles are a recipe for disaster," according to Mike Tuttle, co-owner of Guardhouse Security. "This may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how little attention is actually paid to something as simple as the proper watering of Christmas trees or the maintenance of holiday light sets or the monitoring of open flames from holiday candles and menorahs."
"It's so easy to start a fire, but so hard to put the pieces back together afterward," says Guardhouse co-owner Jim Koschnick. "Prevention is the key." To this end, Guardhouse suggests these simple guidelines, as outlined by the USFA:
"Again, this may all seem like common sense," says Tuttle. "But better safe than sorry."
Finally, adequate fire and smoke detection is a must. Guardhouse suggests at least one smoke detector on each level of your home, including the basement. And while conventional non-monitored, self-contained alarms are better than nothing, a monitored solution is best.
According to Koschnick: "We think smoke detection is so important, we don't charge our customers extra for fire monitoring services. There is simply no substitute for 24/7 monitoring and our ability to dispatch firefighters to your home, whether you're away for the holidays or just upstairs sleeping."
Guardhouse is a recognized leader in home and small business security. Thousands of businesses and families throughout Indiana have looked to Guardhouse to meet their personal and business alarm needs for more than 20 years.
In 2012, Guardhouse was approved as an authorized dealer for Guardian Protection Services; the largest privately held security company in America. This allowed Guardhouse to bring Guardian's Five-Diamond-rated monitoring services to its customers throughout Indiana. As a result, Guardhouse can offer its customers the best of both worlds: state-of-the-industry national monitoring services as well as one-to-one local service and support.
For more information, visit guardhousesecurity.com. To add Mike Tuttle and Jim Koschnick to your list of home and business security expert sources, contact Mike Tuttle at 317-602-5777 or email email@example.com.