Home Fire Safety Tips

Monday, April 14, 2014

Approximately 80% of all fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in the home and residential fires kill an average of 5,000 people and injure an additional 21,000 people annually.

Reduce your chances of becoming a statistic by following the tips below.

Install and maintain a smoke alarm(s).

Do not empty ashtrays into the trash. Smoking carelessness is a leading cause of fires.

Keep matches, lighters, and candles away from children.

Be careful with candles. Never leave them unattended and don't go to sleep with them burning.

Remove electrical cords from under rugs and behind radiators. Never nail or stable the cord to walls or molding.

Don't overload outlets and extension cords.

Never put a portable space heater near drapes, furniture, bedding or other flammable materials.

Move flammable liquids stored near the stove or other heat source to a safe, distant location.

Remove all materials on or near your stove that could catch fire, including paper, dish cloths, etc.

Early notification of a fire can make all the difference -- in case of a fire call 911 immediately!