Helping to Prevent Fires in Your Home

Safety officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) feel that household fires are a serious risk to residents across the country. For this reason, they held Fire Prevention Week earlier this month and are pushing residents to use October to make sure their home is safe.

In 2011, there were approximately 3,100 people who were killed in these kinds of fires. Officials believe that many of these incidents could have been prevented had residents been more aware of the safety precautions that can be taken to stop fires before they start.
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As the temperatures drop, the risks for household fires increases. In the cooler months, these incidents are more common and are more likely. That’s why our Asheville personal injury attorneys are here with some safety tips from the NSC. We’re here to help you to prepare your house and to help to prevent the risks for a fire accident.

Please read review and share the following safety tips and precautions. You can help to keep your family and your neighborhood safe. Start today!

Fire Safety Tips:

-Make sure that all of the smoke detectors in your home are working properly.

-Check on your smoke detectors at least once a month.

-Change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a year.

-Make sure that carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and that the batteries are always fresh.

-Make sure that each floor of your home has a smoke alarm.

-Each bedroom in your home should have a fire alarm.

-Keep the number to your local fire department posted in a visible spot in your home.

-Consider installing a sprinkler system in your home.

-Make sure that there are fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to operate them properly.

-Make sure that your family has an escape plan should a fire break out in your home. Make sure that the plan includes how to get young children out, too.

Your Family’s Fire Escape Plan:

-Each room should have two ways to escape.

-If you live in an apartment building, make sure you plan multiple ways to get out.

-Plan for everyone in your home, including babies.

-Make sure windows open easily.

-Teach children never to hide during a fire.

-Practice getting out, by keeping your eyes shut, staying low to the floor and crawling. You want to cover your mouth, too.

-Make sure you have a designated meeting spot for when everyone has exited the home.

Check your house. Make sure that appliances don’t have any frayed cords. If so, toss them out! Never overload your electrical sockets either. Never allow children to play in the kitchen unsupervised. Whenever you’re cooking, don’t leave the stove on and walk away. You also want to make sure that there are no lamps or other electrical devices touching fabrics in your home, whether it is a couch, a comforter or curtains.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact Lee Law Offices P.A. to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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