October is National Fire Prevention month. According to the NFPA U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014, which represents three-quarters of all structure fires. $6.7 billion in direct damage, or 69% of total direct damage in structure fires.
A tragedy can strike at any time. Preparing cannot only save your life but it can help save others.
- Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to fires:
Be sure all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
- Don’t use candles. Wax with wicks are the most common fire starters among house fires.
- Always have a fire extinguisher in an easy to reach place in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure there is a smoke detector outside of each bedroom.
- Avoid smoking inside your home. If you do smoke inside your home, use a metal canister with sand or water to put out cigarette butts.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets or surge bars.
- Prepare an evacuation plan with your family in the event of a fire. Be sure to have designated escape spots and a backup escape spots in case other spot are blocked from the fire.
- Protecting yourself and your loved ones from fire is important. Preparing now and knowing the basics can help save a life.
If you have questions regarding possible fire damages to your home, please call C.H. Edwards, Inc. today at (516) 249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net.
Written by: Amanda Haase