With 1,345,400 total number of fire incidents recorded in the US, it is estimated that a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. For at least 86 seconds, there is one home structure fire reported. Although the trend of fire incidents follows a downward slope, the number of fire structures remained constant. Further, 78% of these fire incidences occurred in home fires.
The best way to deal with disaster such as fire is prevention. Unlike storms or floods, fire damage can be prevented as long as we know how to do so.
Follow these tips in order to reduce the possibility of fire homes.
Develop fire safety habits.
- Keep combustible materials such as matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Educate the children about the dangers of fires and how to prevent them.
- Properly store inflammable objects such as alcohol, petrol, gas containers, etc. Keep them away from any source of heat.
- Replace or repair any broken electrical equipment that might cause electrical spark which can start up a fire. Avoid overloading outlets and make sure that they have cover plates.
- Use kerosene heaters only if the law allows it. Refueling should only be done to outdoors and only after they have cooled.
Reduce fire risks.
- Make sure to check your electrical wiring every now and then. For any frayed extension cords, exposed wires, or loose plugs, have it fixed or replaced to reduce fire risks.
- Check if your appliances have the label of an independent testing laboratory. This is to make sure that the appliance is safe.
- Beware of your smoking habits. As much as possible, smoke outside of the house instead of indoors. Never smoke if you are about to sleep, feels drowsy, or medicated.
- Turn off portable heaters and other appliances when you go to sleep or leave home.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended even for a minute.
Know what to do in case of fire.
- Train every member of the family to call 911 in case of emergency.
- Take note or memorize the telephone numbers of fire fighting and civil protection service as well as of the police’s.
- Learn how to use fire-fighting equipment such as fire extinguishers.
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