Friday, October 12, 2007

Fire Prevention Week 2007

As Fire Prevention Week for 2007 slowly draws to a close, take a moment to see if you have done all you can to be fire safe, not only at home, but at work as well.

1- Did you update your home and work escape plan? Does it include two possible escape routes in the event of fire? Do you have a prearranged meeting place?

2- Did you practice your escape plan? The plan is no good unless you actually practice it to see if it works. When practicing your plan, be sure to imagine doing it in smokey conditions. Just because you can get up and walk out in perfect conditions does not mean you will be able to escape when the room is charged with smoke.

3- Did you complete a hazard hunt, both at home and at work? Make sure electrical cords are not frayed, exits are not blocked and nothing is stored too near fire sprinklers. When was the smoke detector last tested?

4- Many residential fires start in the kitchen, so be sure you keep combustible items away from open flames and have a fire extinguisher nearby. If you plan on recreating a flambe recipie you recently saw on tv, make sure you are not doing it under your kitchen cabinets.

5- With the cold weather starting upon us, make sure your chimney is clean before you use it for the first time. Once you have finished with your fireplace, dispose of the ashes properly in a metal container outside of your house. The ashes should be cool to the touch.

For more information on how to be fire safe, be sure to visit the United States Fire Administration Website:

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association Website:


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