Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15): The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors this annual celebration in order to educate the public about smoke alarm safety. This year’s campaign slogan is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."
Every day, an average of seven people die from a home fire in the United States. Three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarm or with faulty alarms.
To prevent home fire deaths, it is recommended that smoke alarms be placed inside and outside each bedroom on all floors of a home. Additionally, smoke alarms should be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly.
Home fires are very dangerous and can be deadly. However, there are fire safety tips that can help you reduce the risk of home fires. Here are five ways to prevent home fires:
Fire Prevention Week- Home Fire Prevention Tip #1: Kitchen Safety
Many fires start in the kitchen. In fact, the leading cause of home fire injuries is cooking equipment. When you are cooking with an open flame, it is important to handle the process with care. Do not ever leave an open flame unattended, even for just a minute. Once a fire has started, it can grow quickly and is often times difficult to put out.
Fire Prevention Week- Home Fire Prevention Tip #2: Heating Safety
Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire injuries. Space heaters used to warm homes during the winter months can easily start fires if they come into contact with flammable material, such as sheets, blankets, and curtains. Be sure to keep all heating equipment a safe distance away from anything that may easily catch fire.
Fire Prevention Week- Home Fire Prevention Tip #3: Smoking Safety
The number one cause of home fire deaths is smoking. Lit cigarette butts can easily start a fire in any home. To prevent cigarette-related home fires, consider smoking outdoors. However, if smoking outdoors is not an object, make sure your properly extinguish all cigarettes with water to ensure they are no longer lit when left unattended.
Fire Prevention Week- Home Fire Prevention Tip #4: Electrical Safety
Faulty electrical wiring can easily start a fire in any home. Be sure to regularly check wires throughout your home to ensure they are in good condition. Also, do not overload outlets throughout your home, as this may overwhelm circuits and cause a fire.
Fire Prevention Week- Home Fire Prevention Tip #5: Candle Safety
Candles are also responsible for many home fires. It is important to never leave an open flame candle unattended for any period of time. Consider using battery power candles, which operate the same as traditional candles and pose a much less risk of starting home fires.
To learn more about how you can educate your community on fire safety, please visit NFPA’s webpage today!