It may or may not be a well-known fact that October is Fire Prevention Month, but the fact is, it should be. There are several unexpected ways a fire can quickly start and consume your home within minutes. Here are three common elements that tend to start house fires, and ways you can easily guard against this tragedy. 1. Flammable Items: Keep at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as stove tops and portable heaters.
2. Lighters and matches: Keep away from children, and NEVER smoke in bed.
3. Electrical outlets: Do not overload the sockets, try to avoid running electrical cords under any carpet or furniture, and always unplug portable heaters when not in use.
Practice Home Fire Safety:
Smoke alarms are the number one cause to fire devastation. There should be at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including sleeping areas. These alarms should be tested monthly, with batteries checked every six months when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
Fire Escape Plans are important to both instill and practice within your household at least twice a year. For each room, there should be two exits available. Children should also know that firefighters are there to help them. Firefighting equipment can often times look big and scary, so it is important to stress that firefighters are the “good guys”!
If a fire does occur in your home, staying calm and having a plan will be the most effective way to handle the situation. Make sure to crawl low under smoke, checking closed doors by feeling for heat. If the door is warm, use your second way out. Arrive at a set meeting place to account for everyone in the building. Make sure to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL 9-1-1
For more safety tip information, download the Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.