Fire safety is an important set of principles that is too often forgotten. In 2006, 3,245 civilian fire-related fatalities were reported in the United States, killing more Americans than all other natural disasters combined.
Important fire safety tips
- Every bedroom and floor in a house should have a working smoke detector, which should be tested yearly.
- Home fire drills should be practiced regularly! At least twice a year.
- Electrical outlets should not be overloaded.
- Also, electrical receptacles within reach of young children should be covered, as children often stick metal objects into them. Electrical receptacles cause over 5,000 fires annually.
- Similarly, lighters and matches should be kept away from children, and children should never be allowed to use fireworks.
- When a fire is discovered in a home, the building should be evacuated immediately, without stopping to collect valuables. 911 should be called from a neighbor's house.
- Smokers should never smoke in bed.
- A house should have at least one fire extinguisher in the house, preferably in the kitchen.