More than 2,500 people die in home fires each year, property damage exceeds $7 Billion. Fires spread quickly, from a spark to life-threatening in less than two minutes. You do not have time to gather valuables or call 9-1-1. GET OUT IMMEDIATELY, call 9-1-1 from a neighbors or with a cell phone. Have smoke detectors and test them monthly. When an alarm goes off, stay low -under the smoke and heat, get out.
Preparation is vital
• Have a plan - two ways out of each room in your home. Make sure windows open easily, purchase a escape ladder to exit upper floors.
• Once out of the house, do not go back in for any reason.
• Practice your plan with the entire family, teach children to escape not to hide from fire.
• Stay low - crawl under the smoke.
Cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Unattended cooking is the leading contributor to cooking fires, 2/3 of cooking fires begin with the food burning. Most non-fatal cooking fire injuries are caused by people trying to fight the fire. Thanksgiving day is the peak day for cooking related fires.
Cooking Safety Tips
• Remain in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
• Keep flammable items away from the stovetop.
• When frying keep a lid nearby to smother small fires, slide the lid on the pan and turn off the stovetop.
• For oven fires, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
• Keep an eye on what you are frying, smoke is a signal that the oil is overheating and could catch fire.
Heating and fireplaces
Most heating related fires occur in December, January, or February. Space heaters account for 1/3 of home heating fires. Always use proper safety precautions when using portable or permanent space heaters.
Heating safety tips
• Make sure that fireplaces have a spark shield to catch embers from burning logs.
• Keep items that could burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as portable space heaters, fireplaces, or wood burning stoves.
• Maintain a "kid free" zone around heating equipment.
• Do not use your oven to heat the house.
• Have all heater inspected by qualified professionals each year.
• Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room.
Combustible items close to burning candles and falling asleep with a candle burning are leading causes of home candle fires. December is the peak time for home candle fires.
Candle Safety Tips
• Make sure that candles are placed on study, level surfaces in a proper candle holder.
• Do not place candles in windows, curtains and blinds could catch fire.
• Consider using flameless candles, advances in LED technology create a very authentic looking candles.
Ready.gov has addition safety tips on their website.
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