Fire Safety For Your Home

Dated: 11/30/2016

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Given the wildfires that are currently plaguing us here in Western North Carolina we have fire prevention on theImage title brain.  Looking over statistics from Ready there are over 2,500 deaths and 12,600 injuries due to home fires every year in the US resulting in a loss of $7.3 billion dollars.  Prevent yourself from being another statistic by educating yourself on fire safety and prevention.


PREVENTING FIRES

Preventing a fire from happening should always be your first priority.  Following simple steps to keep you, your family, pets, and home safe is well worth any effort.


  • Keep space heaters away from anything that can burn

  • Store flammable materials away from heat

  • Don't run cords behind rugs or curtains

  • Use fire safe fuses, circuit breakers, and appliances

  • Don't overload circuits

  • Don't leave lit candles unattended

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children

  • Don't leave cooking unattended

  • Keep the cooking area clear of anything could catch fire


EQUIPMENT YOU SHOULD HAVE AT HOME

Smoke Alarms  Functioning smoke alarms can make a huge difference--they cut the risk of dying in a house fire in half!  Most fires with injuries and death are reported between the hours of 11pm and 7am when people are more likely to be sleeping.  Having smoke alarms throughout your home can help prevent you being a victim.  Make sure that they are installed one very level of your home, the batteries are not dead, and they are fully functioning.


CO Detectors  Carbon monoxide detectors can save your life too!  Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, colorless, odorless gas that is created when fuels burn incompletely.  Heating and cooking sources in your home can produce CO which is why it's important to have these detectors.  Though it is often associated with fires and is present with them it does not mean there is a fire.


Fire Extinguisher  Fire extinguishers are a great piece of equipment to have in your home.  You should also know how to use your fire extinguisher in the event you need it.  Keep it in a centralized location and do NOT try to put out large fire!!  A fire extinguisher should be used to put out the start of a fire, a grease fire, other small fire, or to get yourself safely out of the home.  Make sure to pull the pin and spray the bottom of the fire or any flames near you to get out.


HAVE A PLAN

While preventing a fire is always the best step to take having a plan in place for what to do if it happens is also necessary.  Knowing what to do should the situation arise prior to the situation arising is important.  Make sure you have more than one option to exit every room--especially bedrooms.  Know that you will need to crawl low to the floor to avoid smoke.  Teach your children what to do!!  If they are too small to get out on their own have a plan for what you would do.  Practice your plan!!  Most importantly-- GET OUT, STAY OUT, CALL FOR HELP.


Some great resources online are the US Fire Administration and FEMA's "Home Safety Checklist" as well as NFPA--National Fire Protection Association--public resources page.


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Skye Streppa

Skye Streppa is an Asheville native who holds a wealth of local knowledge and a depth of character found only in the mountains of North Carolina. His attentive advocacy to his client’s needs creat....

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