Every year more than 3,800 people die fire-related deaths in the U.S. Approximately 18,300 people are injured every year in fires. Most of these fires could have been prevented by practicing proper fire safety and having fire alarms. -Fire Rescue 1.
I don’t know about you, but to me, those are some pretty scary statistics. That last sentence though is really what gets me…most fires could have been prevented if proper fire safety had been practiced.
Think for a minute about what fire safety measures you’ve taken.
Do you check your fire alarms frequently?
Do you have a fire escape plan?
Have you practiced the plan with your family?
Have you recognized potential fire hazards?
Check your Fire Alarms
Checking your fire alarms is just a no-brainer, it’s a necessity. The U.S. Fire Administration states that you should test your fire alarms AT LEAST once a month and batteries should be changed twice a year. I am sure most of us are guilty of not doing it but in the big picture, our negligence could mean life or death. Practicing fire safety and having working fire alarms will save lives.
Fire Escape Plan
What’s the plan? Establish a fire escape plan, and practice it. Make sure everyone in your family knows what the plan is and that they’re taking it seriously. It’s estimated that it takes an average of only 6 minutes before a house fire becomes life threatening. A plan that is both quick and efficient will eliminate the potential for panic and ensure escaping is a success. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
The Top Potential Hazards
Candles- 25 home candle fires reported daily. Make sure that the candle is in an open space, not near an item that could catch fire. Do not, I repeat, do not light a candle in your bedroom at night. This is so important because though you may think you’ll blow it out there’s always a chance you won’t. It’s so hazardous and negligent. Nothing gets me hot (no pun intended) quite like when I walk into my sister’s room at night and she’s in bed with a candle lit on her bed stand. Are you serious!? It’s just so dangerous…just don’t.
Cooking-2/5 fires start in the kitchen! When you’re cooking pay attention to what you’re doing. Be conscious of what you’re doing, cooking times, and don’t get side-tracked. If you don’t know how to fry, don’t. It’s the leading cause of kitchen fires and is very dangerous to yourself and can get out of hand quickly! Last note, there’s really no excuse to not have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Make sure you know where it is and how to use it.
Heaters- space heaters are a wonderful thing however, you have to be extremely aware of it’s surroundings. Don’t put it too close to any furniture, curtains, blankets, clothes, or beds. Be sure it’s not on too high and you’re keeping an eye on it.
There’s no such thing as being too cautious!
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. Don’t become a statistic.