October 8th through the 14th is National Fire Prevention and Safety Week! Thousands of Americans are injured or killed each year in fires or from fire-related causes, and the winter months are peak time for these tragedies to occur. Fortunately, with a little awareness and preparation you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a statistic. Some important fire safety tips to remember while at work and at home are:

  • Keep all flammables, such as paper, clothing, drapes, or rugs at least three feet from any space heater, stove or fireplace.
  • Never leave portable heaters, stoves, fireplaces or burning candles unattended.
  • Replace any cords that are frayed or become damaged right away.
  • 3 out of 5 fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries annually.
  • Identify primary and secondary escape routes in case of fire.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher – P.A.S.S. (Pull – Aim – Squeeze – Sweep)
  • Be familiar with the Emergency Action Plan at your location.

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