Nearly 87 percent of all fire-related deaths are due to house fires, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
There are many different things you can do to stay safe and protect your family from fire danger:
- Test smoke alarms every month and replace them every 10 years
- Make sure you have an escape plan for all bedrooms in your house and a safe meeting place away from the house for your guests and family
- If you need smoke alarms, call your local fire department; don't wait until it's too late
- If there is a fire, get low and crawl out of the house immediately
- It's a good idea to have a few fire extinguishers in the house to extinguish small fires before they spread
Removing fire risks is another great way to avoid burn and house fires.
- Keep matches, lighters and other flammable materials out of reach of children
- Never leave unsupervised children around fires or heaters
- Adjust water heaters to avoid scalding children in bath tubs or showers
- Make sure hot pans and stoves are out of reach of children