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LIMA — As cooler temperatures arrive, local officials and businesses are stressing fire prevention. It's a message they hope will save lives.Fall is a good time for the message, said Servpro of Lima owner Cindy Nelson. She said most of the fires her company cleans up after are caused by space heaters, wiring or candles.Servpro organized a fire safety day Saturday outside Sears in the Lima Mall to kickoff National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through next Saturday.“Every year during fire prevention week, we gather our local emergency responders, Red Cross people who'd be involved in a fire loss,” she said. The goal is to target younger students and teach them what to do in case of fire.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected fire safety tips from various U.S. agencies. They include keeping flammable objects away from cooking surfaces, space heaters and ashtrays, installing smoke detectors on each floor of a home and testing them every month and creating an escape plan for your family.Nelson hopes people use those tips and don't need to call her business.“Usually, after the Red Cross or fire department comes, they call us in to take things out of the property, to try and save them. To clean the property and get things back like it never even happened, to use our tagline,” she said.She knows what it's like to deal with fire. Her own home burned down two years ago, she said. Her advice for after the fire is to get things out of the house as quickly as possible.“Getting things out of the house fast is critical. The longer they sit in there and the longer they sit dirty, the harder they are to restore,” Nelson said. “The first thing we usually do is grab the laundry. We work on restoring the laundry right away so they have clothes to wear.”She also recommends cleaning all faucets and taps and covering them with petroleum jelly. “Soot is very acidic,” she said. “If you wipe them off and put jelly on them, they won't pit.”



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