Home Fire Awareness

    It’s that time of year that we start to crank up the heat. Last year 79 people died in house fires in South Carolina, don’t e the next victim.

    “In South Carolina, the Red Cross responds to a home fire every 3.9 hours. In partnership with the South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal, the South Carolina Firefighters Association, corporate partners, and community organizations, over the next two years, we will be installing 50,000 working smoke alarms for free in South Carolina homes and educating people on fire prevention and safety. ”

    Here are a few things you can do to be prepared in the event of a house fire:

    • Do you have an escape plan?
    • Do you have a working smoke detector?
    • Do you practice fire drills with your family?

    Below are a few things to avoid a house fire:

    • Never leave portable heaters unattended
    • Keep items at lease 3 ft away from any thing that gets hot
    • Have conversations with your children about the dangers of playing with fire, matches, lighters etc.
    • Never smoke in bed
    • Test smoke alarms every month, replace batteries every year, replace the detector every 10 years.
    • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year and write down how long it takes you to escape. You may only have 2 mins to get to safety.

    To receive your free smoke detector go to http://columbiarichlandfire.net/request-a-smoke-alarm/ and complete the form. You can also request a carbon monoxide detector.

    References:

    http://www.redcross.org/local/sc/homefires

    http://columbiarichlandfire.net

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