The Pennsylvania House on Oct. 6 approved a resolution recognizing October as Pennsylvania Fire Prevention Month, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in 2011, resulting in 2,520 civilian deaths and nearly $7 billion in damages.
Here are some familiar tips:
• Have working smoke detectors on every level of the home that are tested monthly and kept free of dust. Batteries should be changed at least once a year.
• Never overload circuits or extension cords. Do not place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas. Immediately shut off and unplug appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. Have them professionally repaired or replaced.
• Practice an escape plan from every room in the house. Caution everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot. Select a location where everyone can meet after escaping the house. Get out first, and then call for help.