Keep your family safe from fire, be aware of the hazards in your home and be sure to have an escape plan. Also, pull together everyone in your household and make a plan, walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.
Here are some fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association. If you want to learn more, please visit https://www.nfpa.org/
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
NFPA is aware of research indicating that sleeping children don't always awake when a smoke alarm activates. While this research is worrisome, we shouldn't allow them to obscure the fact that smoke alarms are highly effective at reducing fire deaths and injuries.
NFPA reaffirms the value of the smoke alarms already available to protect people from home fire deaths and voice its concern about the number of U.S. households without these early warning devices. While 96% of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
NFPA emphasizes the need to continue planning and practicing home fire escape plans and to make sure everyone in a home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm. NFPA suggests practicing the escape plan during which the smoke alarm is activated so all family members know its sound.
Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will - and who won't - awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If someone doesn't wake up when the alarm sounds during a drill, the family should design an escape plan that assigns a grown-up who is easily awakened by the alarm to wake the sleepers, perhaps by yelling "FIRE," pounding on the wall or door, or blowing a whistle.
There is something about the winter months and curling up with a goodbook by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one ofthe leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips andprecautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
In 2011-2015, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 54,030 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,470 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires.
Dan Doofus learns some important safety lessons about home heating.
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