December 29, 2009 4:00:00 PM
As the days turn colder, the chances of accidents or deaths due to fires rise dramatically. Many fire deaths are preventable, by using a smoke alarm, and by following some simple guidelines.
More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 20,000 are injured.
Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires, and having a working smoke alarm reduces one''s chance of dying in a fire by nearly a half.
Following these simple fire safety tips can boost survival rates dramatically:
n When buying a space heater, look for a control feature that automatically shuts off the power if the heater falls over.
Careless smoking is the second leading cause of fire deaths.
n Develop and practice a fire escape plan. In case of a fire, crawl or stay low to the ground, beneath the smoke, and use the escape plan you have worked out. Get out and stay out.
Children and fire
Each year, about 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed in fires attributed to children playing with fire.
n Keep matches, lighters and other ignitables in a secured drawer or cabinet out of the reach of children.
n Teach your children to tell you when they find matches and lighters.
LA commented at 12/31/2009 11:47:00 AM:
Thank you for posting this information. The only good that can come from the Starkville tragedy is for everyone to take note and do what they can to prevent a repeat. God bless them all.
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