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Keeping your home
safe from fire and
FIRE AND CARBON MONOXIDE can be deadly threats in any household or
business. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid these dangers.
What to know about fire
Fire can strike anywhere, at any time. The frightening truth is that the
nearly 381,000 home fires in the United States in 2005 resulted in some 16,000
injuries and deaths combined, according to the National Fire Protection
Association. You can be prepared by using the tools for fire protection.
Smoke alarms provide a warning of fire. They are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert your family of a developing fire. The more smoke alarms
you have installed in your home, the more your chances increase that you will
be alerted to a fire.
Fire extinguishers provide a tool to fight small fires. Having a fire extinguisher in your home can increase your chances of keeping a small fire from
getting out of control and becoming deadly.
Using both smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home, along with
knowing what to do in case of fire, can help save your life.
The facts about fire
Fire is darker, smokier, hotter and faster than you can imagine. Here are
four important facts to increase the chances of a safe escape.
1. Smoke is dark. Most people expect fire to be light. For this reason, people
have been trapped in their homes because they could not find their way out in
the dark—they didn’t have a flashlight and didn’t practice an escape plan.
2. Smoke can be deadly. Because most fire fatalities occur between 2 a.m. and
6 a.m., when most people are sleeping, the only thing standing between the deadly
fumes of fire and a safe escape may be the piercing sound of a smoke alarm.
3. Fire has intense heat. Fire can cause the temperature
to rise several hundred degrees in just seconds.
One breath in the heat can cause severe lung damage and even unconsciousness. Escape time can be valuable. Fires and 4. Time is critical. A home fire can double burns are the in size in just 30 seconds. You must know hat to do to help get you and your family third leadin?g
out safely. A closed door is often the best cause of home
way to stall a fire; it could give you valuable seconds to use an alternate escape route. injury