Fire Prevention MonthOctober 23, 2012 11:11 AM
October is Fire Prevention Month, and our internal monthly safety bulletin features tips for home fire safety.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 people each year and injure approximately 20,000 more. U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.
This month, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire. Here are some simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur.
- Smoke Alarms – Make sure there is one working smoke alarm in every level of your home and test it monthly.
- Prevent Electrical Fires – Don’t overload circuits or extension cords. Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the outlet. A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire.
- Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit. Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.
- Create an Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house. Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors.
- Clean Dryer Vents – Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry. Clean the exhaust duct with a dryer vent brush to prevent blockage and check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.
- Keep your furnace maintenance up to date – Dust, which is flammable, can be ignited from a spark of energy or an extremely hot surface. The best way to combat dust build up is to make sure your furnace receives maintenance regularly.