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National Fire Prevention Week Oct 8-14

Fires cannot be prevented 100 percent of the time, and no matter the cause or the location, they result in loss of health, life, and property. Fires are deadly, and according to US Fire Administration , it was to blame for 3,275 deaths, almost 16,000 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property loss in 2014. That year there were 1,298,000 reported fires, which showed a significant decrease since 2005. Less fires, means less loss, but this number is still too high. That is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) makes it a priority to raise awareness each October during the National Fire Prevention Week.

Community Awareness

During National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, your children may learn about fire prevention in school. The local fire department may put on activities for families and the community, and even your local government may get involved. This is a time to talk about fears, plans, and prevention. This annual event can be a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries, and brush up on the family emergency plan . Whatever you do, there are many resources available to help you discuss fire danger with your family. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for information and print-outs, activities for children, and more.

Fire Prevention

You can decrease your fire risk by being vigilant about home management. Neglecting appliances like the clothes dryer or heat appliances can result in fire. Neglecting routine upkeep like replacing faulty wiring and electrical boxes can also result in fire. You should never operate a fireplace, stove, or clothes dryer during the night. Most fires happen while the family is asleep, and escape is less likely. Other things you can do is to hire professionals to clean your dryer vent and chimney systems.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Schedule routine chimney sweeps and inspections to insure your system is clean and safe for use.
  • Burn only properly seasoned wood in your fireplace, insert, or stove. Burning other items can decrease efficiency, increase fire risk, and create more pollution.
  • Keep decorations and furniture away from the hearth and chimney. Place large items far enough away that they cannot reach the flame even if they fall.
  • Use the damper or glass doors to control an unruly flame.
  • Always use certified products and services to ensure they have been tested and adhere to local and federal safety regulations.
  • Practice fire safety and make sure your family and guests practice fire safety.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, and replace the batteries twice per year.

House fires, RV fires, apartment fires, and wildfires are not always preventable. Not all fires are predictable or preventable, but a chimney fire is. If you maintain your chimney system and use it properly, you should not have a chimney fire. It is our goal at Magic Sweep to keep your fire safely within the fireplace. Call Magic Sweep to find out how we can keep your family safe and warm this winter.

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