Friday, January 25, 2013

Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

Did you know fires kill as many as 2,500 people per year, and injure approximately 12,600 annually? Fortunately, fire related deaths and injuries can be prevented! Two of the most important things you can do to prevent becoming an fire statistic is understand the risks, and create a clear plan of action to be rehearsed by your family bi-annually. The more you are prepared to confront the reality of a house fire, the more likely you and your family are to escape quickly and safely.


Be Prepared for a House Fire and Then Help to Spread the Word

The following information was gleaned from Ready.gov's Home Fires page. We recommend spending more time reading their detailed information and instructions in order to be as Fire Ready as possible. Are you a member of Neighborhood Watch or an alternative community safety group? Consider spreading the news to friends and neighbors by participating in FEMA's Pledge to Prepare program.
  1. Understand the Basics. Many people assume escaping a fire is simply a matter of hearing a fire alarm, or seeing flashy orange flames, and then getting out. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Fire is:
    • Fast
    • Hot
    • Dark
    • Deadly
    These are the poignant words used to remind people it only takes about 30 seconds for a small fire to get out of hand. The hot smokey air is usually more deadly than the flames themselves. Simply breathing scorched air can be fatal. Rather than the bright flames people anticipate, fire is usually covered by black, dark, smoke which makes it difficult to see and breathe.
  2. Fire Escape Plan. Make sure your family has a solid "Fire Escape Plan" in place. This should include things like:
    • Establishing a primary route out of each room
    • Coming up with a secondary plan in case rooms/exits are blocked by fire
    • Purchasing fire escape equipment which has been safety tested by a reputable third-party agency, such as UL (Underwriter Labs).
    • Ensuring windows open freely and screens are easily popped out, even by young children
    • That everyone can escape by feel - with eyes shut - in case the smoke is so thick it prevents clear vision
    • Make sure all security bars have a quick release option and that every family member knows how to operate it
    • Prepare children for firefighters in full uniform and/or masks. They can often look scary so children need to learn firefighters are there to help and to approach them without fear.
    By practicing your fire escape plan two times a year, your family is much more likely to remember what to do, especially as everyone's roles will change as children grow older and larger.
  3. Install smoke alarms. There should be a smoke alarm located in every bedroom, the hallways outside of sleeping areas, and on each level of your home. Test the alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year to ensure alarms will function properly in case of a fire. Never disable a fire alarm while cooking.
These three simple tasks may end up saving the life of you or someone you love. Click Here for information on preventing house fires.

4 comments:

  1. I shall start working on fire escape plans for the family immediately. We’ll never know when disaster will strike. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I would not risk anyone from the family to something that can be prevented.

    Abigail Kirby

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  2. Another fire protection tip is to test your doors and windows. It is important to know if they open easily, and if your windows open wide or tall enough.

    Fire Protection

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  3. I am on the board of a homeowners association in Boca Raton, and Premier fire did the fire alarm maintenance and inspection on our buildings. They are committed to working along with you no matter how big or small the job is. They are the best at what they do. Check out their website www.premierfirefl.com or call (954) 797-7692. I would recommend them to anyone.I am on the board of a homeowners association in Boca Raton, and Premier fire did the fire alarm maintenance and inspection on our buildings. They are committed to working along with you no matter how big or small the job is. They are the best at what they do. Check out their website www.premierfirefl.com or call (954) 797-7692. I would recommend them to anyone.

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  4. You guys present there are performing an excellent job.
    Keith W.

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