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Lincoln County Home Page > Emergency Management > Protect Your Family From Fire!

Protect Your Family From Fire!


What's the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a god offense. The leading cause of home fires are cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials.

In 2009, 2565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed. Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.

You local fire department offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:

While preventing home fires is always the number one priority of the NFPA, it is not always possible, residents need to provide the best protection to keep their homes and families safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan which you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.

The following tips will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:

"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week web site, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2011 NFPA."

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