Learn Not To Burn!

Learn Not To Burn!

October is Fire Prevention Month and according to FEMA, each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $8.6 billion annually.

Fire spreads quickly; in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Learn not to burn and protect your home and family from the most common causes of home fires. Here’s 10 tips to help:

1. Stay in the kitchen when frying , grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

2. Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room.

3.  Smoke outside.

4. Keep matches and lighter out of the reach of children in a cabinet with a child lock.

5. Replace electrical cords that are cracked or damaged.

6. Keep candles at least 1 foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when leaving a room or going to sleep.

7. Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice an year.

8. If your home doesn’t already have smoke detectors install them on every level and inside every bedroom. Interconnect them so that when one sounds they all sound.

9. Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps”. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

10. If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.