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3,380 civilian fire deaths occurred in 2002. Nationwide, there was a civilian fire death every 156 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 28 minutes
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Fire Safety

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each sleeping area, right outside the kitchen, and on every level of your home.

Plug only one plug in each electrical outlet.

Run extension cords only on top of floors and carpets, not under them.

If an adult smokes, urge smoking outdoors only.  If someone smokes indoors, provide large and deep ashtrays.  Make sure all smoking materials are extinguished before leaving the room.

Check upholstered furniture after parties for ashes that could be slowly smoldering and cause a fire later.

If you have a portable electric space heater - keep the heater at least three feet away from combustible/flammable items and turn off the heater when family members leave the room or are sleeping.

Keep electrical appliances, such as hair dryers and curling irons, unplugged when not in use.

If you use an electrical blanket, make sure it is turned off when you get out of bed.

If a fire breaks out in a microwave oven, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave.  Don't try to remove burning containers from the microwave.

Never display lighted candles in windows or exits.

Inspect fireplaces and wood stoves

Have one or more working fire extinguishers in your home.

Plan your escape route should a fire occur.

For more information on what to after your home has been damaged by a fire, please call (309) 743-2166.

 

 

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According to the National Fire Prevention Association August 2003 publication, Fire Loss in the United States During 2002.

*Residential fires occur every 79 seconds.

*3,380 civilian fire deaths occurred in 2002

*18,245 civilian fire injuries occurred in 2002

*About 79% of all fire deaths occur in the home

*Nationwide, there was a civilian fire death every 156 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 28 minutes

*There were 401,000 residential fires in 2002

 

 

 

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