Fire Prevention And Safety Information
National Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, October 7 and is observed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The theme for 2012 is "Have 2 Ways Out!," focusing on the importance of your family's fire escape planning and practice.
When there's a fire, your home can be engulfed in flames and smoke in a matter of just a few minutes. Keep your family safe by developing an escape plan and practicing it regularly.
Your fire escape plan
According to an NFPA survey, only 1/3 of Americans have developed and practiced a home escape plan. Here are some helpful tips on how to create your plan.
Make sure your home is safe
With this fire safety checklist, you can make sure your home is as safe as possible.
Smoke alarms are tested every week.
Batteries are replaced every three to six months.
All electric cords are in good condition — not frayed or damaged.
Extension cords are used properly — not under carpet.
The furnace and fireplace have been inspected and cleaned in the last 12 months.
The clothes dryer vent and filter are cleaned regularly.
Curtains (and other flammable objects) are well away from the stove and heater.
Portable space heaters are at least three feet away from anything that can burn and are always turned off when adults leave the room (or when everyone is asleep).
Teaching kids about fire safety
Talk to your children about fire safety from the time they are young. Provide your little ones with toy fire engines, fire stations and other such toys. The Matchbox Cliff Hanger Fire Station ($23) and the Fast Lane Light & Sound Fire Truck ($23) are good options for young kids.
Talk about the fire department, as well as the jobs of the firemen and other emergency personnel. Remind your kids about what to do if there is a fire in your home:
Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn more about fire safety.
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