Each year over 350,000 homes catch fire. The National Fire Protection Association’s campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire – and how to escape safely in the event of one:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires.
Pay attention to what you are cooking.
If you have to leave the room, turn off the stove.
Don’t cook if you are sleepy or impaired.
Clean your stovetop frequently to avoid grease build up.
Keep flammable items away from heat sources. (potholders, towels, clothing, etc.)
Close before you doze.
Sleeping with your bedroom door closed could be the difference between life and death.
The today show recently posted this demonstration video showing what happens to a bedroom with a door open vs. a door closed during a fire. After watching this video hopefully it will change your night time routine.
For more information on ways to keep your house and loved ones safe all year round please visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website. https://www.nfpa.org/
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