According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2012 to the present, approximately 360,000 fires occurred each year. Here are some basic tips to help you keep your family and home safe from fire.
· Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying.
· Never leave pots or pans unattended on your stove.
· Clean out the dryer vent regularly.
· Clean out the lint filter after each load you put in the dryer.
· Don’t place a space heater near furniture, curtains, or other objects that could easily catch fire.
· Have your chimney inspected annually.
· Store containers of cooking oil away from the stove.
· Place matches and lighters out of reach of children.
· Always blow out candles when leaving home.
The following items should be installed in all homes:
· Carbon monoxide detectors—carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and very combustible
· Fire extinguishers
· Smoke alarms/detectors
Taking these precautions will keep you and your family safe!