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Fire Safety

Fires and burns cause more than 4,000 deaths and more than 50,000 hospitalizations every year. Winter is an especially dangerous time, as space heaters, fireplaces, and candles get more use in the home. Most fires in the home occur between December and February. Follow these suggestions to keep your home and family safe from fire all year round.

Smoke alarms save lives

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your family against fire is to install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order. Smoke alarms are available at most home and hardware stores and often cost $10 or less.

  • Install smoke alarms outside every bedroom or any area where someone sleeps.
  • Replace alarms every 10 years.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Never paint a smoke alarm.
  • Place alarms away from the kitchen and bathroom. False alarms can occur while cooking or showering.
  • Clean alarms monthly by dusting or vacuuming.
  • Test alarms every month by pushing the test button.
  • Smoke alarms with a flashing light and an alarm should be used in homes with hard-of-hearing or deaf children or adults.
  • Change batteries when they get low, or at least once a year.

Prevention around the home

Take a careful look at each room of your home. Use the following checklist and safety tips to reduce the risk of fire:

  • Make an escape plan. Practice it every 6 months.
  • Inspect and replace any electrical cords that are worn, frayed, or damaged.
  • Never overload outlets. Avoid running electrical cords under carpet or furniture.
  • Make sure doors and windows are easy to open.
  • Automatic home fire sprinkler systems are affordable and practical for many homes.
  • Avoid using alternative heating sources such as kerosene heaters and electric space heaters.
  • If heaters must be used, keep them away from clothing, bedding, and curtains, and unplug them at night.
  • If kerosene heaters must be used, make sure there is adequate ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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