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Technology has proven to be a phenomenal scientific advancement in both our professional and personal aspects of our lives. While undeniably improving our lifestyles, these technological enhancements, combined with building construction materials, and interior environments have elevated the need for increased basic precautions both indoor and outdoor fire safety
. Knowing important fire safety tips 
is information to know and share with others to avoid accident or injury. Let's take a moment to carefully review these 5 essential fire prevention and safety tips to know in case of emergency.

Important Fire Prevention and Safety Dates

May 4 - National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
October - National Fire Prevention Month

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5 Essential Fire Prevention and Safety Tips to Know In Case of Emergency

1- Basic Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

- Remember to install smoke alarms (consider Interconnected fire alarms) on each level of your home and inside of bedrooms.

- Test your smoke alarms each month.

- Create a fire escape plan with your household and practice two escape paths in less than two as part of your fire drill plan twice each year.

- In the event of a fire, Get Out and Stay Out, Call 911 for Help.

2- Kitchen Safety Tips

Be aware, take care! Stay focused and alert. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of kitchen fires. It is important to know how to safely extinguish various types of fires within a cooking area. Flammable sources such as cooking oils, oven mitts, dish towels, or curtains, papers or packaging, aerosol spray cans, appliances are extremely hazardous materials when placed near an open flame or heat source. Keep a fire extinguisher close at hand, as well as other appropriate extinguishing resources. Remember, never spray water on a grease fire.

3- Outdoor Safety Tips

Wildfires spark dangerous embers carried about by the wind which ignite on dry surfaces potentially resulting in home destruction. Remove any debris from the roof, gutters, vents, and 5-foot perimeter surrounding your home. Any gasoline or other flammable liquids should be stored in tightly sealed metal containers away from heat sources. Keep your outdoor grill approximately 10 feet away from your home, in an area cleared from overhead branches. Always clear your escape routes to be as safe as possible in the event of an emergency.

4- Home Safety Tips

Here's a useful safety project, take a look to check whether each appliance has a direct connection to an outlet, whenever possible. While you're checking, look to make sure that all lightbulbs are the correct watts as per manufacturer's recommendation. I've become a fan of unplugging electronics when I'm not using them as a safety precaution, as well as an energy-saving hack. Place devices and appliances in locations away from flammable items to prevent overheating. Develop the common practice of closing bedroom doors to help to slow progression of the spreading of carbon monoxide, smoke, heat, and fire.

5- Heating Safety Tips

Let's plan to be smart in our plans to beat the heat. Keeping our homes warm and cozy during colder temperatures can be an essential for survival or for simply our enjoyment. It's important to take proper safety precautions when operating heating system equipment, fireplaces, space heaters, generators, and even candles. Never leave an unattended fire or candle burning, or keep heating appliances plugged in when not in the room. Allow at least three feet of distance away from flammable materials or items. Only one heating appliance is to be plugged into a single outlet. Position any portable gas generators outdoors, away from windows to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Prepare ahead of time to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and professionally cleaned annually, as well as screened in by a metal or glass screen to prevent escaping embers.

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