to the National Fire Protection Association, fires in the
home claimed 4,335 lives in 1991. In addition, home fires
caused over 20,000 injuries and produced property damage totaling
$8.7 billion. The NFPA notes that although a fire is reported
every 15 seconds, in most cases, they are completely preventable.
are some tips which can help you avoid fires in the home:
one-third of home fire victims lost their lives in fires
that were smoking-related. If you have a smoker in your
home, install a smoke detector in his or her room and
have large, heavy ashtrays placed in various locations.
to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 14,000
clothes dryer-related fires occur each year. Since dust
and lint buildup is the major problem, CPSC recommends
that you clean the lint filter after each load and
make sure the dryer is operating properly. Check
for dust and lint buildup in the exhaust dust and around
other major appliances, such as washers, water heaters and
all the clothes out of the dryer after the cycle is done.
appliances should be unplugged when not in use. If an
appliance begins to smoke or smell, unplug it immediately.
producing devices, such as irons and automatic brew
coffee pots should never be trusted to turn themselves
on or off, particularly if they depend on a clock or
leave stoves or burners unattended when cooking. Also,
don't wear loose fitting clothes while cooking since they
catch fire more easily.
power tools when not in use.
plug too many items in the same electrical outlet or
circuit, and check wiring and outlets for signs of damage.
place extension cords under rugs. Instead, use longer
ones and go around edges.
lots of space around fans and space heaters.
any flammable materials away from your furnace
or water heater.
your furnace professionally inspected once a year.
please, always remember to keep matches and lighters
away from children.
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