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on 2018/10/11 13:03:35 (219 reads)

LEARN two ways out of every room. In a fire, you may have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

Develop an escape plan with all members of your family.
A home escape plan includes:
- two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window;
- a path from each exit to the outside; and
- an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone will meet.

Practice your plan with everyone in your home twice a year.

Home escape planning & practice are more important than ever
People tend to think the risk of having a home fire is low. They also think home is the place they’re safest from fire when it’s actually the place they’re at greatest risk. In fact, home fires can and do happen quite often: U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 90 seconds in 2016. Also, the majority of U.S. fire deaths (approximately 80%) occur in homes.

The good news is that the number of home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. This means people are getting better at preventing fires from happening. Unfortunately, the likelihood of dying in a home fire today has actually increased. NFPA’s most recent data shows that the home fire death risk was 10% higher in 2106 than in 1980. This means there’s still a lot of work to do in educating people how to safely escape a home fire.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever
This is the result of several factors:
- Newer homes are predominantly built with unprotected lightweight wood construction, which fails faster when it’s exposed to high temperatures, and weakens and collapses faster than homes built with dimensional lumber.
- Newer homes tend to be designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings, creating an ideal environment for fire to grow and spread quickly.
- The vast majority of modern home furnishings includes synthetic materials that burn very quickly and at higher temperatures, generating black, toxic smoke and gases that make it extremely difficult to see and breathe in a matter of moments.

To learn more about making a home escape plan
  on 2018/10/10 4:50:00 (203 reads)

LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms are the first line of defense in a fire by alerting everyone in time to get out safely. In fact, having smoke alarms in your home cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.

Make sure your home is adequately equipped with working smoke alarms by taking the following steps:
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re working. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
- Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Here's what you need to know!
- 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.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

To learn more about installing and maintaining your smoke alarm visit the link below. ... -maintaining-smoke-alarms

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  on 2018/10/9 6:00:00 (202 reads)

LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and address them. If necessary, have a qualified professional correct hazards.

Cooking Fires are the leading cause of house fires in the US. Remove clutter, keep a close eye on what you are cooking, and stay alert.

Heating is the second leading cause of house fires in the US. Have you heating equipment cleaned and inspected annually. Keep anything that can burn 3+ feet away from any heating equipment. Do not leave space heaters on while sleeping or not home.

Electrical Distribution and Lighting Equipment are involved in 34,000 house fires per year. Ensure any electrical work is performed by qualified professionals. Do not overload electrical outlets. Extension cords should not be used for appliances. Extension cords are only intended for temporary applications. Be sure cords are not being crushed or damaged under carpets or doors.

Candle fires are reported on average 24 times per day. Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn. Do not leave candles burning while sleeping or when a room is not occupied. Don't burn a candle all the way down, consider the use of battery operated candles.

Smoking materials are major causes of house fires. Make sure to only use fire safe cigarettes and only smoke outside the home. Keep smoking materials in a locked cabinet out of reach of children. Use a deep sturdy ash tray. DO NOT discard smoking materials in vegetation including mulch. Be sure any discarded smoking materials are extinguished by running water over them. Use ecigarettes with caution, do not leave them charging unattended.

Take a moment to read the article and make your home a safer home. ... 42A081C10AC742AA3D0A&_z=z

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on 2018/10/8 16:50:00 (227 reads)
In a house fire, are you safer sleeping with your bedroom doors open or closed? See the dramatic, life-saving difference a door can make. #CloseBeforeYouDoze

Closing your door at night will help keep you safe from fire and smoke.

A closed door is a powerful tool that can do so many things, like:

1. Stop a fire from growing and spreading.
2. Help keep smoke and heat out.
3. Help keep your home (and all your stuff) safe.
4. Keep the temperature down.
5. Save your life.
on 2018/7/7 2:34:55 (302 reads)
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