Weekly Tip for Jan 24: Do You Have A Fire Escape Plan?

<span>Weekly Tip for Jan 24:</span> Do You Have A Fire Escape Plan?

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Situations such as a faulty water heater or counter appliance can turn something we consistently rely on into a home disaster. All it takes is a simple spark or faulty valve to engulf your home into flames. Do you have a fire escape plan if a disaster were to strike?

What’s your Fire Escape Plan? Watch this dramatization:

Don’t Be Negligent

Negligence is also a leading cause of house fires. Some of the top fire threats that we can avoid:

  1. Never leave cooking unattended.
    All too often we become distracted when preparing meals. A phone call, a child whimper or other immediate need takes us away from the kitchen. Cooking related fires are one of the leading causes of house fires. Never leave a hot device unattended.
  2. Space your space heaters.
    Space heaters are the second leading cause of house fires, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater, keep it away from fabric or other flammable material that can easily catch fire. It is always wise to stay in close proximity when using space heaters.
  3. Avoid smoking in the home
    Smoking related fires usually results from a smoker falling asleep or leaving smoldering butts next to flammable surfaces such as couch cushion or pillow. Simple rule: all smoking should be done outdoors.
  4. Check your electrical devices
    Faulty or worn electrical cords that haven’t been checked can cause fires. A cracked or worn cord can spark and set bedding material aflame. Additionally, attaching too many cords to one electrical unit can overheat and spark. So inspect your cords often.
  5. Blow-out candles
    An unfortunate cause of house fires is when open-flame candles are left unattended. If you plan to leave the room, blow-out it out.

With a little "smart thinking" and preparedness, we can ensure the safety of our home and family.

Resource information:
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2008/09/25/top-5-simple-ways-to-prevent-home-fires

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