This week is National Fire Prevention Week and fire departments across the country are teaching the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. Fire crews have reported that the timing of this week is purposely near the beginning of when families begin to heat their homes.
How fast exactly does fire move? Very fast. You could have less than 2 minutes to get out of your house without being once a fire alarm goes off. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a residential home is reported to have a fire every 86 seconds. That’s over 350,000 fires each year in the US alone!
Cooking and open flame account for more than 62% of all residential fires. The NFPA says Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. In 2013, there were 1,550 fires on Thanksgiving, a 230 percent increase over the daily average. The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve, according to another NFPA fact sheet... and the list goes on.
Knowing all these statistics makes even more important to follow this 7 Step Escape Plan Guide:
- Draw a map of your home. Include all doors and windows.
- Find two ways out every room. One exit may be compromised.
- Make sure windows and door are not blocked by furniture or large objects.
- Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home
- Always TEST your smoke alarms to see if they are in working condition.
- Practice your fire drill with everyone in the home.
- Meet your family outside and at your designated meeting place.
Fire prevention is all about being proactive. By practicing practical fire safety in your everyday life, you can greatly decrease the chance of it happening in your home. Nothing is more important than protecting you and your family.
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