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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME & FAMILY

Article originally published in the HH Newsletter, Winter 2008

More than 4,000 Americans die each year from fires and approximately 20,000 are† injured. An overwhelming number of these fires occur in the home. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. Itís not a question of luck. Itís a matter of practicing and planning ahead.†

 

We hope the following fire safety information will guide you in establishing a safety plan for you and your family should there ever be a need.

 

Basic Fire Prevention

 

† Keep your home free of oily rags and trash build-up. Flammable liquids should be stored in metal safety cans.

 

†† Keep trash in a covered can away from any heat source. Recycle newspapers frequently.

 

†† Keep cleaning materials in a ventilated area and away from any heat source, such as HVAC wall units.

 

†† Check lamps, appliance cords and light switches to make sure there is no faulty wiring. Never overload outlets or circuits.

Smoke Detectors

 

† The importance of smoke detectors cannot be overstated. Most fires occur at night, while people are sleeping. The toxic gases from a fire can numb your senses and disorient you. For this reason, smoke detectors are a must in every household and reduce the risk of dying in a home fire in half.†

 

† You can achieve the maximum benefit by installing a smoke detector near every bedroom and one in a central location. They should be mounted on the ceiling or high on a wall, about

6-12 inches from the ceiling (smoke rises).

 

† Do NOT install smoke detectors by doors, windows or vents, where drafts could affect their performance.

 

Test and clean you smoke detectorsí batteries about once a month. Most experts suggest replacing the batteries in the spring and fall when the time changes.

 

Fire Emergency Plan

 

When a fire strikes, everything happens very fast. That is why you should make a family fire emergency plan NOW, before you need it. Make sure all family members know how to dial 911 in case of emergency. Go through a practice drill every six months. Make sure the whole family takes part in the drill. Arrange a central meeting place and train family members to go straight to the meeting place after everyone escapes from the home. Teach children NEVER to go back into the unit after they escape, even for a favorite toy or pet. Train them NOT to hide under beds or in closets.

 

If a Fire Should OccurÖ

 

The following tips could save your life should you find yourself in a fire situation:†

 

(1)† If a grease fire occurs while you are cooking. DO NOT throw water on it. Water splashes the grease and the flames. Shut off the heat source. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher, cover the fire with the pan lid, or sprinkle baking soda over the flames.†

 

(2)† In case of an electric fire, switch off the main circuits and put sand on the fire.

 

(3) Before opening a door, make sure there is NOT a fire on the other side by checking the closed door for heat (use the back of your hand). If everything feels cool, brace your shoulder against the door and open it carefully. Be ready to slam it shut if heat or smoke rushes in. Close all doors behind you as you go from room to room. This can slow the spread of the fire and smoke.

 

(4)† Everyone in the family should know the ďStop, Drop and RollĒ rule. If your clothes catch fire, DONíT RUN!!† Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs, and roll over and over to smother the flames.

 

(5) If you see someone on fire, quickly cover them with a blanket, coat or any heavy piece of cloth to smother the flames. If you donít have anything to cover them with, throw them to the ground and try to encourage them to roll over.

 

What to Do After a Fire

 

You should use caution when re-entering or cleaning your home. The fire, smoke and water damage that results from a fire pose certain problems that are not usually encountered by the average homeowner. You should promptly consult with the fire department as well as repairmen and other specialists in home restoration.

 

The following suggestions should prove helpful if you find yourself in a fire damage situation:†

 

(1)† Immediately contact your insurance agent and your local fire department.

 

(2)† Be especially careful of electricity, particularly when there is†† water damage. (Water is an outstanding conductor of electricity, and is too great to ignore.)

 

(3)† Be careful using electric appliances and outlets; you donít want to risk electrocution by using damaged equipment. This also applies to electric lights.††

 

(4)† Limit movement within your home so weakened household goods and furniture are not further damaged.

 

(5)† Donít wash walls and carpets without first consulting a professional cleaner. Improper cleaning methods could result in even more damage.

 

(6)† Call a professional restoration company. They specialize in cleaning and repairing homes after water damage, sewage backflows, and fire damage, as well as assisting with mold and odors.

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