Some 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, many of which are preventable. Among the most recent casualties were three young girls and their grandparents, who died in a Christmas Day house fire in Stamford, CT. Firefighters believe the blaze was triggered by a bag of smoldering embers and ash that was left in a first-floor mudroom. Had those embers been properly disposed of, five lives could have been saved.
December, January and February are the top months for home fire deaths thanks to an increase in lighting, heating and appliance use, according to the National Fire Protection Association, so this is the time to be particularly vigilant. How safe is your home when it comes to fire prevention? Here is a list of expert fire safety tips to guide you.
Install Fire and Smoke Alarms On Every Level Of Your Home This is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family, says the U.S. Fire Administration. Buy Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms that sound quickly for both flames and smoke. These should be properly installed on every level of your home, in the hallways, inside and outside every bedroom, near the kitchen, and even in the basement. They should also be interconnected, so when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Replace any alarms that are more than 10 years old.