Are you considering adopting some new goals for the New Year? The Collierville Fire Department urges everyone to adopt some home fire safety resolutions for 2018 because according to the U.S. Fire Administration, 83 % of all U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. There were 71 fire fatalities in Tennessee as of October 2017, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Ring in a safe 2018 by following these tips:
- Protect your home with working smoke alarms and test the alarms monthly. Install new batteries and replace the smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. (Newer smoke alarms often contain 10 year lithium batteries which do not need to be replaced.) Half of all home fire deaths happen at night when people are sleeping.
- Cooking is the primary cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Stay in the kitchen while cooking! Most kitchen fires are the result of unattended cooking, and fires often start when the heat gets too high. If smoke or grease starts to boil, turn off the burner and place a lid over the pot. If the fire is in the oven or microwave, keep the door closed and turn off the power. For any larger fire, get out of the house and call 9-1-1.
- Candle with care! Consider using flameless candles, and never leave a candle unattended. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
- Look for fire dangers from a child’s point of view. Don’t leave lighters or matches where children can reach them, and teach children never to hide from a firefighter when there is a fire.
- Practice home fire drills. Students practice fire drills monthly at school, yet many more fires happen in the home than at school. Plan and practice home fire drills twice a year; practice during the day and when it is dark. Identify two ways out of each room and practice meeting at a designated outside meeting place that is in front of your residence and stationary, such as a tree, mailbox or light post. Call 9-1-1 when outdoors and never re-enter a burning structure!
Make these tips part of your plan for 2018. Make your resolution list into a check list and we can reduce the number of lives and homes lost in fires each year.