Fire Prevention Month
When it comes to your home and the people in it, you can’t put a price on safety. October is National Fire Prevention Month, a time when we should all be aware of ways to help learn fire safety and prevention.
Don’t think this could happen to you? Don’t be so sure. Most Americans don’t feel they’re at risk for a fire either. But according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 1.3 million fires were responded to in the United States in 2017. This means that about every 24 seconds, emergency personnel were responding to fire calls.
The following stats from 2017 are staggering:
- 1,319,500 fires responded to
- 499,000 structure fires
- 72% of structure fires that started from a home fire
- 3,400 civilian fire deaths
- 77% civilian fire deaths that occurred in the home
- Over $23 billion in damages from fires
The sad part is, many of these fires and deaths could have been prevented if people had taken the necessary precautionary measures.
Causes of Fires
Believe it or not, most fires are started in a kitchen over the range when people leave their food unattended while cooking. If you must leave the room while cooking food, turn off the stove or oven, use a timer, and check your food regularly. For more safety tips in cooking, click here.
You may be surprised to learn that hoarding is another fire hazard. When clutter builds up, not only can it spark a fire, but it can also prevent you from having a clear pathway when trying to escape. A massive pile of clutter can also prevent first responders from rescuing you. Keep rooms clutter-free and away from any heating or electrical equipment.
Other common causes of fire include heating, electrical, smoking, and candles. To help prevent these types of fires, try these simple tips:
- Keep a three-foot radius between a heater and anything that can burn
- Check your smoke alarms regularly (monthly)
- Install carbon monoxide alarms
- Have your heating and chimneys cleaned by a professional
- Turn off all heaters when leaving or going to bed, blow out candles.
- Ensure electrical cords don’t run across doorways or under carpet
- Use a qualified private inspector when remodeling or buying a home.
The NFP offers a variety of additional safety tip sheets to help keep you and your family safe. To review them, click here.
As with most things in life, the key to preventing a fire, or knowing how to respond to a fire, is education, awareness, and acting. Knowing the proper procedure and protocol can help save money, save your home, and save lives.
If you haven’t already, make sure your home is equipped with the proper fire safety equipment. Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and home fire sprinkler systems can prevent a lot of harm.
In addition, in case of a fire, be sure to have a fire escape plan with your family, and practice it at least twice a year.
Join with us at Northern Title this month as we seek to raise awareness and education on fire safety for National Fire Prevention Month. Help protect your family and friends by sharing this information with them.