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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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