Residential hazardous materials (hazmat) safety is important in preventing fires in and around your home. Hazmat safety involves the proper handling and storage of combustibles and flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, oil, aerosols, certain household cleaning products, and painting supplies.
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Focus on Fire Safety: Preparedness
September 2010 marks the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) 7th annual National Preparedness Month. This year's focus is on making sure that your family plans and prepares for disasters.
In most types of disaster-related emergencies, the risk of fire is increased due to loose electrical wires, flooding, broken gas lines, or the lack of electricity. When preparing for the possibility of fire in your home, it is important to ensure you establish and practice an emergency escape plan and install and maintain smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers. If young children, older adults, or those with special needs live in your home, plan and practice an appropriate fire escape plan.
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Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 385,500 fires occur in residential buildings every year resulting in 2,770 civilian deaths and 13,250 injuries. When a smoke alarm sounds, it is time for you to spring into action.
You can prevent tragedy simply by testing and maintaining your smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan. Make sure your home fire escape plan is up to date and everyone in the home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your plan often.
The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week, October 3 – 9, is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.
Visit the USFA's Focus on Fire Safety web page to watch an educational video on smoke alarms and to test your smoke alarm knowledge through an interactive quiz. You will also find links to valuable fire prevention resources available from USFA.