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DUFFY
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When it comes to fire safety, it’s always good to prepare, but it’s better to prevent. Remembering to blow out candles and give space heaters…well, space, are good places to start. Consider these how-to’s for preventing fires from starting or spreading, and keep these fire safety tips top-of-mind to keep you and your loved ones safe.

The first and most important thing you can do is make sure everyone in the household is educated on fire safety measures, including children. How many of us leave the kitchen with food cooking on the stove? The answer is probably most of us. It’s unsafe, and yet we do it anyway. Utilize your resources, including your local fire department, to educate your family on household fire safety and make small but preventative changes around the house — like turning the stove off every time you leave the room — even if it’s just for a moment to answer the door or load the washer.

  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:07:28 AM
ROBINSON
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When that time comes, consider upgrading to smart detectors. These connect to Wi-Fi and send alerts to your phone when an alarm goes off or the batteries need to be replaced. They can also be integrated with a larger smart home system that can then notify emergency services of the fire. Upgrading to a smart smoke or carbon monoxide alarm could also qualify you for the American Family Insurance Smart Home discount.

Keep in mind, every level of the house and every bedroom or sleeping area should have a working smoke detector.

  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:09:55 AM
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Whether it’s the grill or the summer sun, keep flammable products away from heat. Designate a cool, dark cupboard for flammable products and make sure all family members know where they go.

Keep combustible materials like paint and gasoline in their original containers. Store tightly closed paint containers upside down so the paint creates a seal. Gasoline should be stored in containers designed for gasoline. If a container develops a crack or leak, transfer its contents into a new container made of the same material as the original.

  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:10:49 AM
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Establish an escape plan with each of your family members, designating two exits out of each room. Check all the windows and screens in your home to make sure they can open when needed. Depending on the fire, it may be hard to see and breathe, so try to get out as fast as possible without touching too many surfaces in order to avoid burns. 

When a fire starts in your home, escape time is precious. This is why knowing how to prevent fire and preparing for accidents is so important. 
  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:11:06 AM
DUFFY
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All publications evaluating an intervention that could reduce house fire death or injury were included. For example, an educational program teaching children to “stop, drop, and roll” would be included, because this skill could be applied to fires at home as well as to fires in other locations. The following data were abstracted from each publication: study period; location of study, including country and type of population examined, such as school, city, county, state, or country; study design and unit of analysis, such as individual, or household; subject and data sources; sample size for each study group; and relevant results. Study designs were classified using principles outlined by Abramson. 
  Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:11:28 AM
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The kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s also where home fires are most likely to start, according to the American Red Cross. There are a few ways you can reduce the risk: Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them and don’t ever put metal in the microwave. Exercise caution when using a deep fryer, and keep a fire extinguisher on hand at all times in case of an emergency. Finally, keep your appliances clean, and don’t hesitate to call in an extra pair of hands if you need assistance getting everything in tip-top shape. California and other hot dry states know that fire safety methods are necessary to keep wildfires under control. The dangers are so prevalent that organizations such as Calfire are devoted to educating the public about proper fire prevention methods and safety during wildfires.

  Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:09:48 PM

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