Consumer Alert: Fire Safety Tips
In 2015, more than a million fires were reported in the United States causing more than 15,000 injuries and more than 3,000 deaths. In New York State alone, 157 people died as a result of fires between 2011-2015, ranking third in the U.S.
Fires can occur in a variety of circumstances and situations. They can be caused by gas leaks, smoking, forgotten candles, electrical outlets, cooking mistakes, car accidents, the list goes on. But one thing fires have in common is that they cause additional injuries, not just burns. In a fire, smoke and hazardous gases (such as carbon monoxide to name one) travel faster and further than heat which is why a majority of fire victims die from smoke and toxic gas inhalation and not just from burns.
What we do know is that a majority of fires originate in the home and a fire can quickly and rapidly spread; you may have as little as two minutes to escape. It is therefore important to be mindful of the hazards and prevention methods that can save your life, the lives of your loved ones and even your pets. Keeping working and functioning fire alarms, knowing multiple escape routes and having a plan in place for when a fire occurs are all crucial in saving your life and protecting your home.
Fire Safety Tips: Use these tips today to protect your home and family
Home Escape Plan
For more information on fire safety, prevention and response, visit:
Fires in the U.S. (2015) Retrieved from National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us
Aherns, M. & Evarts, M. (July 2017) U.S. Fire Deaths by State. Page 5. Retrieved from National Fire Protection Association (based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics Death Certification Data) http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us/overall-fire-problem/fire-deaths-by-state
Smoke Alarms – Why, Where, and Which (CPSC Pub. 559) (n.d.) Page 1. Retrieved from Consumer Product Safety Commissionhttps://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/pdfs/blk_media_559.pdf
Home Fire Safety (n.d.) Retrieved from American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire
High Rise & Condominium Safety (2016) Retrieved from National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/highrisesafety.pdf?la=en