The outbreak of an uncontrolled fire is a danger that threatens not only valuable property, but also human lives. in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 384,000 household fires in 2010 that resulted in over 2,500 deaths. While these numbers are frightening, it is possible to reduce the number of home fires and related deaths. Although it is not always the case, often times these fires are accidental in nature and can be avoided. To do this people must educate themselves and their family on issues related to fire safety. Read more....
Fires are one of the primary causes of home injuries and fire hazards exist in nearly every room. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately two-thirds of the fire-related home deaths occur because they either didn't have smoke alarms or they weren't working. Install at least one smoke detector outside every bedroom and on every level of your home. Check the batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year. Read more...
- Keep blankets, clothing, curtains and other flammable materials away from portable heaters.
- Plug heaters directly into the wall socket (not an extension cord or power strip) and unplug them when they are not in use.
- Purchase the type of electric heater than has a safety switch that will turn the heater off if it tips over.
Practice safe cooking habits.
- Keep flammable items, including towels and your sleeves or ties, away from the burners.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and get training from the fire department in how to use it. The fire extinguisher should be inspected occasionally by the fire department to make sure it will be ready to use in an emergency.
Use electricity safely.
- Use safety plugs in electrical outlets when they are not in use, especially if you have small children.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpets and furniture.
Practice good fire safety habits.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Establish and practice fire escape drills.
- Plan and practice fire escape routes and make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room.
- Have a plan to escape if bars cover windows. Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice escaping with it. Keep it in a convenient location so it can be found at a moments notice.
- Teach children that firefighters are their friends, and they will help in case of a fire.
- Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire. Know how to call for emergency assistance, teach your children when it is appropriate to call and make sure they know how.
- Go over your fire escape drill with visitors so they will know what to do in case of a fire in your home.
Using your escape plan
- Crawl low, under the smoke.
- Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If it is hot, don't open it use another exit. If the door is not hot, open it slowly and check for smoke and fire.
- Meet at your designated meeting place outside the home, then call for help. Make sure everyone is accounted for. Never return to a burning building. If someone is not accounted for, inform firefighters or other emergency responders immediately upon their arrival.