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Holiday Fire Safety Issue

11/6/2013 (Permalink)


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)  

In 2011, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds and structure fires were reported every 65 seconds. Tragically, fires claimed an average of nine lives per day. Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable.

In 2011, approximately 484,500 home fires occurred, causing -2,640 deaths - 15,635 injuries and - $9.7 billion in property loss. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home or business this year.


1.    Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2.    Give space heaters space! - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that is flammable

3.    Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray and never smoke in bed.

4.    Keep matches and lighters out of reach.- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock. 

5.    Inspect electrical cords-Replace cords that are crackeddamaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections these could be very hazardous and the start of fire.

6.    Be careful when using candles- Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7.    Have a fire escape plan- Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. 

8.    Install smoke alarms- Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once. 

9.    Test smoke alarms- Test alarms once a month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed

10. Last but not least, install sprinklers!- This safety measure can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.  

Did you know?                         
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment? 

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