Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Fire prevention taught by the pros

Fire prevention taught by the pros

Each year over 2,500 people die in fires, a lot of them in residential occupancies.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the U.S.in 2015, the a year ago for which figures are available.

Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (AFCIs), which are devices that can prevent more than 50% of the home electrical fires that occur in the USA each year.

"This year's official Fire Prevention Week theme is 'Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.' The theme is a reference to the fact that homes burn faster than ever". Close doors between you and the fire to help slow the spread of smoke and fumes. Visitors can watch other equipment demonstrations, and children can also get temporary tattoos and make public safety-related buttons, he said. Working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan go hand in hand. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out of the home.

The kitchen is the most common room in the home for a fire to start - usually related to cooking, however unsafe ash disposal is also a reoccurring problem.

A lader truck from the Glassboro Fire Department sits at the scene of a house fire on Monday.

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated. One of the other schools with cancelations, El Modena, has transformed its gym into a Red Cross evacuation center.

The American Red Cross is also doing its part to keep homes safe with its creation of a nationwide Home Fire Campaign.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that US fire departments responded to an average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014. Go to neighboring residences and call emergency services, and most importantly, never go back inside a burning building.

"One of the biggest things we talk about is having smoke alarms in their homes", the fire chief said. "Once you hear the smoke alarm, you need to react quickly and know ahead of time what to do".

Time is a critical factor in a fire.

"They are low-priced and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said.

Kids in attendance will be given fire safety handouts.

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