The biggest disaster threat to families every day isn’t floods, earthquakes or tornadoes — it’s fire. On average, the American Red Cross responds to approximately 63,000 fires every year, or about one fire every nine minutes. Cooking fires remain the leading cause of all home fires in the United States. This is unfortunate, because they are the most preventable fires.
Every year, over 3,500 Americans die in fires and more than 18,000 suffer from fire-related injuries. While some accidents are inevitable, many can be prevented. By taking a few simple steps, you can protect your family and your home –http://www.preparesocal.org/details/home_fire
What Could Happen
- Major damage to your home.
- Injury to family members.
- Family members could become trapped inside.
- The need to relocate for a period of time.
- Important keepsakes or papers destroyed.
Preparing Before The Disaster
- Are your smoke alarms working? When was the last time you changed the batteries?
- Do you have a pre-planned escape plan?
- Do you have a pre-planned meeting place?
- Do you have fire extinguishers and are they charged?
- Safe cooking practices? http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/cooking.shtm
- Watch the video (below). After the first video you have the option of watching a series of videos instructing families and individuals how to prevent and prepare for the event of a home fire. If you wish, you can review those videos you have time for. There may some more relevant to your situation than others. Watching all the videos will run close to an hour. You can choose which videos to watch by selecting the titles on the top left side of the viewer when the video is complete.
- Discuss the above “Preparing Before The Disaster” and what actions you may need to take to prepare
- Download worksheet: Become Informed – Home Fire
Become Informed: Wildfires
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