This week children and communities learned about Fire Prevention Week and ways to protect oneself and property from the loss due to fire.
In the Bucks County area, 2 local fires made the news. Tragically one of the fires ended in the death of a local older couple caused by cigarettes.
Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the US (CDC 2005). Americans over the age of 65 are one of the groups at greatest risk of dying in a fire. On average, more than 900 Americans age 65 and over die in fires. Those 85 years old and older are five times higher than the rest of the population.
The following are Safetips from fireSafety.gov for Citzens:
Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended on the stove or in the oven. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, take a spoon or potholder to remind you to return to the kitch. Never cook with loose, dangling sleeves that can ignite easily. Heat cooking oils gradually and use extra caution when deep-frying. If a fire breaks out in a pan, put a lid on the pan. Never throw water on a grease fire. Never use a range or stove to heat your home.
Buy only Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved heaters. Use only the manufacturer’s recommended fuel for each heater. Do not use electric space heaters in the bathroom or around other wet areas. Do not dry or store objects on top of your heater. Keep combustibles away from heat source.
Don’t leaving smoke material unattended. Use “safet ashtrays” with wide lips. Empty all ashtrays into the toilet or a metal container every night before going to bed. Never smoke in bed.
Make sure you have a smoke alarm that is working. A smoke detector that is working increases your chances of surviving a fire. Finally make sure you practice a home escape plan.
From The Weimer Group, we hope you stay safe, protect your home and personal belongings, but most importantly we hope you proctect yourself. For more information on home insurance, please visit us at The Weimer Group.