Fire Marshal reminds all of safety tips

Staff reports

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal is teaming up with fire departments in Louisiana and with NFPA during October 9-15, to remind residents: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires -- cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” says Fire Marshal Butch Browning. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following tips:         

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove

• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment

• Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heater

• Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords

 • If you smoke, smoke outside

• Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table

• Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed

• Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).

• Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home

• Test smoke alarms at least monthly and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond when tested.

• Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.

• Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out

• If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing home fire sprinklers.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week visit our web-site at lasfm.org or the NFPA Web site at www. firepreventionweek.org