With most home fires, families may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Having an escape plan and practicing it can help them make the most of the few minutes they have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
October 6 through 12th is Fire Prevention Week, not only educating the public to take precautions to prevent potentially fatal fires but also educating people about surviving them.
- Never leave food cooking on a stove or hotplate unattended.
- Stay alert! If you’re sleepy or distracted, don’t use the stove or oven.
- Check food regularly.
- Keep anything flammable, such as oven mitts, dish towels, wooden utensils, or food packaging, away from the cooktop.
- Maintain a “kid-free zone” at least three feet around the stove or where any other hot food is being prepared (such as near a slow cooker).
- Never leave pets or children unsupervised near a space heater or wooden stove (the NFPA again recommends a 3-foot “kid-free zone”).
- Nearly 50% of home fire deaths happen during the night while people are sleeping. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and in every bedroom, checking the battery and maintaining them monthly.
- Because heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, it’s a good idea to avoid using portable and fixed space heaters, If you must use them, turn space heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep.
- Do not leave cooking unattended, especially deep fryers and other frying equipment.
- Put together a fire escape plan —one that is designed to help you get out in less than two minutes and practice it.
- Avoid smoking in the house.
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