Fire Prevention

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family. Make sure to keep everyone safe by following these holiday fire prevention tips from Electrical Safety International (ESFI).

The Red Cross reports “nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.” More fire prevention tips are available on their website.

Here are more safety tips from the United States Department of Energy.

In the event of fire, does your family have a fire escape plan? If not, download this escape planning sheet from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and get started today.

The NFPA has also provided kids with a video to help them remember what to do in case of fire. Sparky recommends always having two ways out.

 

 

NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

This year’s National Fire Prevention focus is on smoke alarms. Here are some facts from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) website about smoke alarms:

  • In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • No smoke alarms were present in almost two out of every five (38%) home fire deaths.
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.

 

To prevent smoke alarm fires the NFPA recommends the following safety measures:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

 

It also helps to have a good home escape plan.

 

 

YEAR ROUND FIRE PREVENTION

The NFPA offers tips sheets on these fire safety topics and more.
• Smoke Alarms
• Candle Safety
• Cold Weather
• Holidays

Grilling

Many residents take advantage of the Texas weather to enjoy outdoor cooking all year round.  When you plan to grill, make fire safety a priority with these tips from the NFPA.

Thanksgiving

Check out some reminders on keeping your family safe at Thanksgiving with this NFPA tip sheet.  If you’re planning to deep fry a turkey, check out this safety video from State Farm.

Home Fire Safety Checklist – Take a little time to evaluate your home’s fire safety with this checklist from Sparky, the popular NFPA mascot.

The most common fires we see in town are kitchen and electrical.  They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Practice fire safety in your home to prevent a tragic injury or damage to your home.  See these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The Home Safety Council, which is now part of Safe Kids, has posted some very good fire and home safety videos for adults on You Tube.  Here’s a link to one on kitchen fires.