Every Second Counts; Plan 2 ways out!

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This year, fire prevention week is October 8th through the 14th. The slogan this year is “Every Second Counts; Plan 2 ways out!” This reinforces why it’s important to have an escape plan out of your house, as well as two ways out. Since a home fire is reported every 86 seconds, it’s very important to be aware of your surroundings during a home fire. These fires can be harmless or deadly.

Despite the threat of a home fire happening every 86 seconds, families rarely practice home fire drills and most children don't know what to do in a house fire. Families are encouraged to practice home fire drills by their local fire departments and should take advantage of tools and advice on online websites. If your teaching someone about what to do in a house fire, you can make games so it’s more memorable for kids, video of a fire drill in action, practice a home fire drill twice a year, and inform each other about fire safety. If you do this, your family and friends are more likely to be safer.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and fire injuries, followed by heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent anything like this follow steps such as install both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, and change their batteries at least once a year. Plan and practice an escape route, know two ways out of every room, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Also, if your clothes catch on fire stop, drop, and roll! Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Over the past several decades, deaths from home structure fires in the United States have steadily gone down, from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,646 in 2015. Even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn’t discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. In 2015, 232 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation. To prevent this, keep children 3 feet away from anything hot, like candles, space heaters and stove tops, keep smoking materials up in a high locked place; never leave cigarette lighters or matches lying around. This will help keep your child safe.

In conclusion, home fire safety is very important. A house fire can look small at first, but can grow quickly. If you’re in a house fire always be careful and follow precise directions from your local fire department or your families. From doing this writing I learned more about fires myself. Remember no fire is a joke!

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