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Virginia has more than 24,000 fires per year. These fires cause more than $8.3 million per week in property loss. Children and adults over 65 are at a higher risk for dying in a fire than the rest of the population. Residents over 65 are almost 6 times more likely to die in a fire than the rest of the population.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Smoke Alarms
- Install smoke alarms on every level and in every sleeping area of your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries every six months. (Refer to manufacturer’s instructions.)
- Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
- Remove Fire Hazards
- Keep matches, lighters, gasoline, and other flammable materials locked away, out of children’s reach.
- Teach children to tell you when they find matches and lighters.
- Avoid dressing children for sleep in loosefitting, 100 percent cotton garments; e.g.,oversized t-shirts.
- Do not leave candles unattended and always keep candles away from flammable materials.
- Design and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
- Develop and practice a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.
- Plan your escape around your abilities.
- Choose a safe place to meet in front of the house or apartment building.
- Once safely outside the residence, call the fire department or 911.
- Demonstrate how to Stop, Drop, and Roll if clothes catch on fire.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters; but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
- Home Heating Safety
- Regularly clean all types of home heating equipment.
- Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything combustible or flammable.
- Cooking Safety
- Keep a working fire extinguisher within reach in the kitchen.
- Keep children away from cooking appliances.
- Treat surface burns by placing them in cool water for 10-15 minutes.