October is Home Fire Prevention Month

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There are many things you can do to keep your household safe from fires.

Did you know October is Home Fire Prevention Month?

The most effective way to keep your household safe is to identify and remove fire hazzards.

Here are six steps you can take right now to remove fire hazzards:

1. Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
2. Never smoke in bed.
3. Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
4. Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
5. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
5. Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.

For more steps on removing fire hazzards visit: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340073_FireSafety.pdf

In addition to removing fire hazzards, another way to protect your home from fires is by installing smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Test the batteries every month and replace them twice a year.

If a fire does occur in your house, get out, stay out, and call for help. Call 911 or your local emergency number.

For more information about preventing fires, view the American Red Cross’s tips for home fire prevention.

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