What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course! With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why the Modesto Regional Fire Authority is teaming up with the NFPA during the week of October 9-15 to let the Modesto community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week – Protect Your Family from Fire!”
This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials.
“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” says Mike Payton, Fire Marshal for the Modesto Regional Fire Authority. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”
The Modesto Regional Fire Authority offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:
· Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or boiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
· Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
· Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
· Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
· If you smoke, smoke outside.
· Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
· Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week, visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get tips and information throughout the week:
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