Are You Proactive When It Comes to Fire Safety

by admin on October 13, 2010

Last week was Fire Prevention Week, and ironically, a tragic fire occurred in southern Ohio. Five people are dead, including an 8-month-old child, and seven are injured—the result of a 12-bedroom house fire. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), civilian casualty report officials believe the fire started at or near an electrical space heater in a breezeway in the center of the house. But that wasn’t the only tragedy of the week. During the first three days of the week, a total of 23 people died in residential fires, including three children three years of age and under. Nobody likes to hear this tragic news. That’s why it’s important to realize that the key to preventing a fire—or being prepared to escape if one occurs—is to be proactive. Here are 15 things that will enhance your fire safety profile and greatly increase your chances of preventing or surviving a fire:

  1. Never leave cooking unattended.
  2. Never cook when you are drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Keep all combustibles at least three feet away from heat sources.
  4. Never smoke in bed or while in the prone position.
  5. Test your smoke detectors on a monthly basis.
  6. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
  7. Develop an escape plan and practice it every six months.
  8. Equip your home with the necessary safety equipment, such as smoke detectors, escape ladders and fire extinguishers.
  9. Sleep with your bedroom doors closed.
  10. If a smoke detector goes off during the night, feel the bedroom door with the back of your hand before opening it. If it is hot, do not open it.
  11. Make sure that you are able to contact the fire department from any room in your house—in case you are trapped.
  12. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every six months.
  13. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets.
  14. Unplug appliances when they are not being used.
  15. Schedule an annual home fire safety inspection.

    If you are not following the 15 steps outlined above, you’re not being proactive when it comes to fire safety. According to USFA statistics, more people die in residential fires in the average year than in all the natural disasters combined. This includes floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and blizzards. I encourage all who read this post to make a difference. Ask your friends and family members this simple question: Are you proactive when it comes to fire safety?

    Terry FlanaganNIFAST Director of Education and Certification

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