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Fast Facts Between 2000 – 2004 an estimated 20,900 home fires were caused by candles, claiming 200 lives, injuring 1,790 people, and resulting in $459 million in property damage. 38 percent of home candle fires start in bedrooms, and cause 35 percent of associated deaths. More than half of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to a combustible material. Candle fires often start when items like mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited. In 12 percent of home […]

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A report on smoke alarms, shown last year on NBC’s Dateline, has triggered debates about which type of alarm works best: photoelectric or ionization. If you’re familiar with the Consumer Reports’ smoke alarm tests, you know that the answer is … neither. We recommend both technologies to ensure maximum protection from fire. Here’s why: Tests of a dozen smoke alarms from BRK Electronics, First Alert and Kidde found clear strengths among the two technologies. Smoke alarms that use ionization technology were great at detecting […]

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Does your business have a plan to deal with fires or other emergencies? OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards require employers to provide proper exits, firefighting equipment, emergency plans, and employee training to prevent fire deaths and injuries in the workplace. OSHA also requires a plan in case of a workplace emergency, which includes fire, flood, hurricane, tornadoe, toxic gas release, chemical spill, radiological accident, explosion, civil disturbance, and workplace violence. Regarding fire safety, OSHA requires that your facility must be equipped with: […]

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 150 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by consumer products.  This includes defective products and improper use of products like stoves, heaters, furnaces and fireplaces. Here are some facts that can help you avoid being a victim of the “silent killer”. What is it?Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the silent killer because it’s invisible and has no smell or taste. When things like gasoline, kerosene, coal, natural gas, methane, propane or wood don’t […]

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,400 Americans die, and 17,500 are injured in fires each year. A great deal of these occur in the home. Surviving a fire is not about luck – it’s about planning ahead. Here are some highlights from the USFA website that could save your life, or the lives of your family; Plan the Escape Route. Create the best (most direct) escape route from every room in the house, and practice that. Caution everyone to stay low […]

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In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. 92% of all civilian fire deaths resulted from home structure fires in the U.S. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires (42%) and civilian home fire injuries (38%). Home structure fires peak around dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Smoking is a […]

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According to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), over 3,500 Americans each year die in fires, plus about 18,300 more are injured. The agency says that even though a fire extinguisher can save lives, most people do not know how to use them. Firefighters say they often see tragedies because homeowners don’t know how to use extinguishers — even when they have them in the house. According to fire experts, “Fire doubles every 60 seconds. So the longer you wait, the worse the fire […]

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A kitchen fire is perhaps the most common fire that we may have to confront. When one happens the most important thing to remember is to STAY CALM – BUT ACT FAST. Based on the type of situation, here’s what you must do to put out the fire: Oven/Microwave Fires – Close the door Turn off the oven Do not open the door! The fire will quickly run out of oxygen and go out. If your oven continues to smoke like a fire is […]

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The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it. Next is to be prepared to deal with it, should a fire occur. Here are some basics for both. Fire Safety Tips: 1. Keep fire extinguisher(s) close to any potential fire sources, in plain sight and easy reach. 2. Have extinguisher(s) serviced professionally at least once a year. 3. Maintain smoke detectors in all areas where fire could possibly occur. 4. Have a plan in case of fire. Drill this plan every few […]

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