According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is an average of 1,319,500 home fires each year, resulting in 3,400 deaths, 14,670 injuries, and $23 billion in losses.
What Is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week is observed every year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
When mere seconds can mean life or death during a fire, it is important to be prepared to react. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the First General team has compiled a list of fire prevention tips to help you and your family stay fire safe.
Fire Prevention Tips
- Ensure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home. Be sure to test smoke alarm batteries regularly and change out when necessary. Working smoke alarms save lives!
- Fire extinguishers can help put out small fires. ONLY use a fire extinguisher when the fire is small and contained. It is important to know how to use a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. To operate a fire extinguisher, the word “PASS” will help remember these steps:
- PULL the pin-Hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and remove the pin to unlock it
- AIM low-Point the nozzle at the base of the fire
- SQUEEZE the lever slowly and evenly
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side
- Create a fire escape plan-having a plan in place where you and your family can get out of the house in under 2 minutes once the smoke alarm sounds is critical for your family’s safety. Include these recommendations in your fire escape plan:
- Draw a floor plan of your entire house that shows all doors and windows
- Identify at least 2 ways out of every room
- Discuss the fire escape plan with everyone in the house. It is important for everyone to be prepared in the event of an emergency
- Once safely outside, everyone should meet at an agreed upon place a safe distance from the house such as a neighbor’s porch or driveway. For more information on creating a fire escape plan, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s page: https://www.nfpa.org
- Avoid using portable space heaters. These have a tendency to overheat or tip over
- When cooking, never leave the stove unattended. Grease fires can spread and quickly get out of control
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many appliances
If you do experience a fire and need assistance, visit our page for more information: Fire Damage Restoration