Every year children set over 100,000 fires and 20% of all fire deaths are children. We need to teach our children fire safety, fire prevention, and steps to take in the event of a fire. Preparing your child for a fire emergency may save her life.
- Do not over use extension cords. Make sure they are not frayed or worn and do not run under a rug.
- Do not overload outlets
- If you live in an older home with the original wiring, have an electrician check it periodically to ensure its safety
- Make sure the light bulbs being used are the correct wattage for the lamp
- Allow plenty of space around TVs, computers, radios, and stereos to prevent overheating
- Keep lamps away from curtains, bedspreads, etc
Portable heaters contribute to the increase in fires during the winter months.
- Never place a heater where a child or pet will knock it over
- Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable including the wall
- Never place a heater near a bed or drapes
- Never leave a heater on when not in the room
- Never use an extension cord with a heater
- Keep the fireplace clean and covered with a screen
- Do not store newspapers, kindling, or an exposed rug in front of the fireplace
- Never leave a fireplace burning unattended
- Have the chimney professionally cleaned once a year