If there’s a state that’s relatively safer from fires than anywhere else, that would be Minnesota. ABC 5 Eyewitness News reports on the latest findings by the Minnesota Fire Marshal Division: “According to the report announced this week, Minnesota has the 10th-lowest rate of fire deaths per capita in the United States – at .93 deaths per 100,000 people.” In addition: “State officials say devices such as smoke alarms and sprinkler systems have helped lower the number of deaths. Inspection and code enforcement programs targeting hotels, schools and other facilities have also helped.”
However, these things don’t necessary mean that reputable Minneapolis, MN fire damage restoration service providers like ServiceMaster Clean are no longer relevant to the local community. Even after they’ve been put out, fires can still claim lives by weakening the structural integrity of the building and causing it to collapse. Likewise, the sheer amount of water released from fire sprinklers and fire trucks can attract molds and other microbes, and thereby bring about a slew of diseases that can seriously affect people with weak immune systems or sensitivity to fungal allergens.
There’s also the simple fact that fires can be caused by simple substances such as kitchen grease. The Minnesota Fire Marshal Division says that cooking is still considered the primary source of structural fires within the state, and arguably also one of the hardest to put out—much less clean up—thanks to the combination of electrical wires, cooking gas, and toxic smoke that firefighters and restoration companies have to deal with. Fires are so destructive that they are responsible for about $11.7 billion worth of property damage nationwide for 2011 alone, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
Disaster restoration companies thus make it a priority to minimize any collateral damage when carrying out repairs. Meanwhile, homeowners and building occupants are strongly discouraged from handling any of these repairs by themselves because of the considerable risks involved, such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide poisoning. Trusted names in the Minneapolis disaster restoration industry ensure that residents in the Twin Cities and Metro Area have access to reliable damage control services.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Report Shows Fire Deaths have Dropped in Minnesota, ABC 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, October 23, 2013)