Nearly 140 years ago the Great Chicago fire devastated the city of San Francisco and changed the way people thought about fire prevention.
As a way to remember the great Chicago fire, and help highlight fire safety, each October the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a fire prevention campaign. This year’s focus is fire prevention in your home.
Here are some of the most common ways fires start in the home:
• Electrical Fires
To help prevent fires from starting in your home, here are a few safety tips from the NFPA:
• Pay attention to your cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
• Ask smokers to smoke outside.
• When buying, selling or remodeling your home, have a complete professional electrical inspection.
• Install arc fault circuit interrupters to protect electrical outlets.
• Keep trash from collecting on your property.
• Store flammable liquids in a locked shed or detached garage.
• Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from people and from anything that can burn, such as curtains and bedding.
• Turn portable space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
• Have heating equipment professionally inspected and serviced every year.
For more fire prevention and safety tips, click the links below.