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As the weather starts to cool down and the fall/winter holidays approach, we’re turning off air conditioners and starting to think about turning on heaters, whether that is the home heating unit, some sort of portable device or a wood-burning or gas fireplace.
All of these things (and more) can lead to fires in the home if not properly installed, maintained, and operated. Implementing a few fire prevention safety measures in your home could save lives and keep you and your family from suffering first to third-degree burns and more.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries. They provide the following list, which you can use as a fire prevention and home safety checklist.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that:
Smoke alarms are a critical part of fire prevention and safety in the home giving you an early warning so you and your family can get outside quickly.
In 2015, the key message was “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” For 2017’s Fire Prevention Safety Week, sponsored by the NFPA, the key message is “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out,” reinforcing why we need to have an escape plan.
Be sure to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
No matter the fire safety precautions you put in place, there is always the potential of someone suffering a burn injury. First-degree burns can be extremely painful and third degree can be life threatening. If you or a family member suffers a burn whether from a fire or other hot appliances, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
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Some content has been reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2015 NFPA.