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Sean A first hand witness to thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters, Sean Scott, a second generation building contractor specializing in disaster restoration, became aware that survivors were ill equipped to take the steps to recovery. Unaided, or misguided, disaster survivors struggle to successfully navigate the complex process, and so, The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was born. Used by fire departments, relief organizations, government agencies, and communities across the U.S., The Red Guide to Recovery helps countless people prepare for and recover from disaster events.

Category: Preparedness Tips

Minimize Holiday Hazards

November 28th, 2012

Christmas tree on fireAs the holiday season begins, most people are reminded of good times, beautiful decorations and great meals.  Sadly for some, it’s a reminder of how safety never takes a holiday.  In 2010, Christmas trees played a role in 250 fires and 14 deaths, and caused more than $13.8 million in property damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

This article and video by CBS News describes some specific things to look for as you prepare for the holiday season, including tips on how to buy a safe tree:

Don’t take any chances with old, or worn electrical decorations and don’t forget that children and pets see the world of holiday decorations differently than adults.  Those glass candy canes or gingerbread scented candles can be a dangerous hazard when they look and smell good enough to eat!

For more tips, visit our page on Disaster Preparedness Resources

 

About the author

Sean A first hand witness to thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters, Sean Scott, a second generation building contractor specializing in disaster restoration, became aware that survivors were ill equipped to take the steps to recovery. Unaided, or misguided, disaster survivors struggle to successfully navigate the complex process, and so, The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was born. Used by fire departments, relief organizations, government agencies, and communities across the U.S., The Red Guide to Recovery helps countless people prepare for and recover from disaster events.


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