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Oct 31, 2015
Fires can become life threatening in just 2 minutes:
Take simple steps to prevent them

Fire in a home is a tragedy. A greater tragedy is that most home fires can be prevented. Learn the facts, and share them with your family.

Startling statistics
Fire can become life-threatening in two short minutes, and an entire house can be engulfed in flames in just five minutes, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you see fire, don’t take time to make a call or gather some possessions. Just leave.

Shut doors at night
Flames are dangerous, but heat and smoke can be worse. Fire produces extreme heat and toxic gases that can quickly make you disoriented and drowsy, and your lungs can become seared by dangerously hot air, FEMA reports. As a result, many people who are sleeping during a fire fall into a deeper sleep. Slow the spread of fire and smoke by shutting bedroom doors at nighttime.

Smoke detectors are key
Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors each time you change your clocks. According to FEMA, asphyxiation deaths in a fire outnumber deaths from burns three to one.

Dangers when cooking
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 44 percent of fires that start in a home are related to cooking. If you have something frying on the stove or cooking under a broiler, stay in the kitchen. Leaving for a quick minute could be enough to start a fire. Keep children away from stoves, and make sure your own clothes and sleeves don’t accidentally pass over the stove’s flame.

Never use the stove or oven to heat your home, as the buildup of carbon monoxide can be poisonous or deadly. Another cause of home fires is barbeque grills placed too close to siding, deck railings or tree branches.




Common-sense safety
Nighttime fires are often caused by cigarettes not fully extinguished (they can smolder for hours before creating a flame), stray sparks from fireplaces that don’t have the screens or glass doors closed for protection, and heating appliances kept too close to furniture, curtains or combustible materials.

Take simple steps to check that cigarettes are extinguished, toys and clothes left near heating elements are picked up, and that there is proper ventilation in rooms using fireplaces, kerosene heaters or wood stoves.

Never smoke in a home with an oxygen tank. Even if the tank is off, the oxygen can explode and create a hotter fire that burns faster than usual.

Don’t leave burning candles unattended. If you have children, keep matches and lighters out of their reach. Teach children to tell an adult if they find such items – they should not handle them themselves.

Plan ahead with your family
Develop a fire escape plan with your family, choosing a safe meeting place, like a trusted neighbor’s porch, and practice your plan.

Most fires can be prevented, so start a discussion about fire safety that will protect your family for years to come.

Information from: FEMA and Ohio Insurance Institute

Dec. 2014

"This information brought to you by Sanor Insurance Agency, Inc., a proud member of Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio, Inc."


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