Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually. Home fires can be prevented with good home fire safety practices! To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. A fire can spread quickly there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio. Excerpt from www.resolveok.com.ready.gov
If a Fire Starts:
Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number. Yell “Fire!” several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself. If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you. If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help. Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.
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ReSolve Fire Safety Tips:
- Perform family fire drills
- Equip home with a fire extinguisher
- Ensure one smoke alarm on every floor of your home
- Test smoke alarms monthly
- NEVER remove grounding prong from extension cords
- Never run electric cords under rugs
- Ensure electric cords are not frayed or cracked
- Take down decorative lights within 90 days