Every year 350,000 homes in the U.S. are struck by fire, resulting in over 4000 deaths and more than 25,000 injuries. Many times, many of the fires could have been avoided by taking some precautionary steps. If a fire were to occur in your home, it is important that you and your family develop escape plans that will allow you and your family to get out quickly and safely.
- Have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every level of your home.
- Be Safe when you cook. Never leave cooking unattended.
- Keep the stovetop clean and free of clutter. Ensure that countertop appliances and cords are in good working condition.
- Use candles safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Remember the 3 foot rule. Place heat producing items at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
- Keep matches and lighters where children cannot reach them.
- Have a professional clean and inspect chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents annually.
Escape Plan Tips: Plan your escape. Sit down with your entire family and plan your escape. Then practice it TWICE a year.
- Draw a floor plan of your home.
- Identify two ways out of every room.
- Designate a place to meet once you and your family are outside.
- Get out and stay out. Crawl low under smoke.
- Telephone to report a fire only from outside of a burning building.