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October 9, 2015

How to Protect Your Family by from a Fire

The 144th anniversary if the Great Chicago Fire seems the perfect time to examine fire prevention safety tips for home and business.

Family FireNational Fire Prevention Week

Rather than marking the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 with memorial festivities, the Fire Marshalls Association of North America (now known as the International Fire Marshalls Association) chose to commemorate it by reminding the public of the importance of fire prevention.

Since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week is observed on the week of October 9 every year. Today Fire Prevention Week is the longest public health program in American history.

Use these fire prevention tips recommended by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) to help protect your family, home, and business from the devastation of fire:

1. Install Smoke Detectors:

Over 80% of all fire fatalities happen in the home. Installing smoke detectors is the single most important step you can take to protect your family from fire. Working smoke detectors cut the risk of fire fatality in half. About half of home fire fatalities happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when people are sleeping. Place smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every level of your home, including the basement and attic.

2. Check Smoke Detectors:

INFOGRAPHIC Kid Fire Safety TipsSmoke alarms only save lives when they are actually working. About 60% of residential fire deaths happen in homes without smoke detectors— or where smoke alarms were not functioning. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Vacuum dust and cobwebs from around smoke detectors. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

3. Create a Fire Escape Plan:

You may have as little as two minutes to escape a building fire. Every family member in your home— or employee at your workplace— needs to know the quickest escape route before a fire starts. Never use an elevator in a fire. Plan at least two ways out of every room. Designate one person to take infants, small children, and the elderly to safety. Have a back-up plan in case the designated person is overcome by smoke. Choose a place outside where everyone will meet, a safe distance from the home or building. Purchase sturdy non-flammable escape ladders for upper floors.

4. Practice Your Fire Escape Plan:

Your escape plan does not work if no one remembers the plan. Practice fire drills at least twice a year. Knowing the plan prevents panic in an emergency. Teach everyone to “get low and go” to avoid smoke inhalation. Practice the “stop, drop, and roll” technique in case clothing catches fire. Be sure all babysitters know your fire escape plan.

5. Leave immediately:

Get out and stay out. Do not stop to collect important papers or mementos. Test every door for excessive heat before opening. Close the door as you exit the structure. Do not return once you leave.

6. Call for help:

Wait until you are outside the building to call 911. If you live in an apartment complex or work in a building, pull the fire alarm as you exit.

7. If you are trapped:

If you cannot escape, cover the vents and cracks around the doors to keep smoke out of the room. Call 911. Stay low. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at a window to signal for help.

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- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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