Monday, October 6, 2014

Fire Prevention Week 2014

Take Action to Prevent Fires: Protect your Family!

Oct. 5-11 is National Fire Prevention Week. In 2010, there were 3,100 unintentional deaths related to fire, smoke and flames, according to the Council's Injury Facts, 2012 Edition.
The risk of fire increases as we head into the cooler months. The National Safety Council asks each of us to take a few moments to prevent fires in our homes. Make your family safer by completing a home fire safety checklist and identifying fire risks in your home.

Steps to prevent fires:
  • Have properly working smoke alarms
  • Have chimney's cleaned and inspected yearly.
  • Be extremely careful when using space heaters.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Don't leave your dryer running when you leave the house or go to bed for the night.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
  • Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom
  • Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month
  • Install a home sprinkler system if three or more stories
  • Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them
  • Check your Home Heating and Air conditioning units for proper functionality.
  • Monitor extension cord use, and make sure heating and cooling units are not plugged into there.
Additional links with INFO For Fire Prevention Week

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