Fire Safety Prevention Tips

The United States has the 4th highest fire death rate of all industrialized countries, most from residential fires. Here are some fire safety tips for you and your customers to reduce the chance of fire.

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1.Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended. Almost 40 percent of all fires start in the kitchen. 2.Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. 3.Smoke outside - If smoking inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Before discarding in a trash container run water over all contents in the ashtray. Never smoke in bed. 4.Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child proof lock. 5.Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections. Do not overload an extension cord, and routinely check for a warm cord. 6.Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before leaving the room or going to sleep. 7.Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. 8.Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once. 9.Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed. 10.Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.