Change your Clocks, Change your Smoke Detector Batteries!

Daylight Savings time is here, whether we like it or not. Did you get all of your clocks changed? And more importantly, did you change all of your smoke detector batteries? It’s easy to let those kinds of tasks slide in the rush of raking leaves, cleaning up your garden beds, getting kids off to school every day and getting ready for the big holiday season to come.

But it’s so important, once a year, to double check that the smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors that you’ve taken the time to install are working properly and ready to alert your family in a time of emergency. Cooler weather brings an increased risk as we fire up our furnaces and fireplaces. We’re also in the kitchen more in the cooler months, and kitchen fires are the number one cause of house fires.

If fire strikes, what do you do? Here’s a list of some of the most common questions we receive about house fires:

Q: What are the first things I need to do after a fire?

A: First, call your insurance agent! After that, securing your home and personal property is your number one concern, so contacting Hays + Sons for 24/7 emergency board-up service is the best step you can take to begin to restore your peace of mind.

Q: There is smoke and water damage everywhere. Can anything be saved?

A: While every situation is different, the short answer is YES. Probably much more than you think can be saved. Hays + Sons’ certified, industry-best-practice water and smoke removal methods can restore items that might, at first glance, appear to be a total loss. So don’t panic.

Q: How can I help my kids feel safe again?

A: Fire is traumatic for the whole family. While you’re tending to the tremendous to-do list of putting your household back in order, make sure you’re talking to your kids about their concerns and fears. Keeping them included in the process of restoration will help them take their minds off the disaster. And our caring, empathetic and experienced professionals at Hays + Sons will communicate with you every step of the way.

Having a fire in your home is devastating and we certainly hope that it never happens to you. But if it does, rest assured that the dedicated team at Hays + Sons will be there for you. Call us if you need us. 800-536-4056

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