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Sep 29 2010

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The House Plan Shop – Facts about Home Fires and Smoke Alarms

House FireOctober 3-9 is 2010’s Fire Prevention Week. The House Plan Shop is doing our part to raise awareness about fire safety. Below is a list of facts about home fires and smoke alarms as reported by the National Fire Prevention Association.

 

·         Cooking is the leading cause of house fires and injuries.

·         Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in a reported fire by 50%.

·         Approximately 75% of all homes in the United States have at least one working smoke alarm.

·         Nearly 3000 people die in the US every year in home fires.

·         Smoking is the #1 cause of fire deaths.

·         Heating is the second leading cause of house fires.

·         Between 2003-2006, nearly 66% of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes that did not have a smoke alarm or did not have a working smoke alarm.

·         Electrical malfunctions and failures are factors in nearly 50,000 reported fires every year.

·         According to a 2008 survey, only 12% of participants knew smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

·         In 2008, someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.

·         In 2008, approximately eight people died in home fires every day.

·         In 2008, a fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.

 

Keeping these stunning facts in mind, it is time to practice fire prevention at home. Watch for our upcoming blog about fire prevention and fire safety at home. We don’t want you, your family or your home to become another statistic on this list.

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Jun 12 2009

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Making your New Home a Safe Place to Live

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Everyone wants their new home to be a safe place to live. This is a list of things you can do yourself to ensure you’ve done your part in making your home safe.

 

·         Clear clutter from high traffic areas and stairs

·         Secure rugs on the floors with carpet tape or non-skid padding.

·         Use no-slip mats and grab bars in tubs and showers.

·         Use caution in the kitchen to avoid burns and cuts. When cooking on the stove, turn pot handles inward. Store knives, scissors and other sharp or pointed items out of reach of children.

·         Mount at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home in key areas such as the kitchen or near the garage.

·         Maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home including the basement.

·         Keep a phone and operable flashlight close to your bed for late night emergencies.

·         Maintain adequate lighting especially in areas that do not have windows or are naturally dark such as a staircase.

·         Prominently display your house number using a reflective material and be sure it is easily visible from the street for emergency vehicles.

·         Install sensor and motion lights outdoors to discourage intruders and light your way at night.

·         Post a list of emergency contact numbers in an easy to find place, such as on the refrigerator, and be sure the whole family knows where to find them.

·         Keep a first aid kit stocked and handy for initial care with injuries occur.

·         Maintain a disaster kit with bottled water, flashlight, blankets, non-perishable food and other items for an emergency.

·         Keep a list handy of all family members and any medications they take on a regular basis as well as anything that causes allergic reactions for each person.

 

Starting with these simple steps will help make your home a much safer place for your family. For more information please read, Home Safety Indoors and Out.

 

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