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Fire Prevention Week kicks off on Monday

This year’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere,” which aims to remind Hoosiers that following a few simple steps can reduce the chances of a fire and help everyone evacuate safely.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2018 11:36 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Indiana Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is encouraging Hoosiers to take fire safety seriously during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.

This year’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere,” which aims to remind Hoosiers that following a few simple steps can reduce the chances of a fire and help everyone evacuate safely.

According to recent numbers, Indiana is on track for an increase in the number of fire-related deaths over the calendar year. The state has already recorded 67 fire-related deaths to date compared to 70 total fire-related deaths in 2017.

Marshal Greeson has a few tips for ensuring a safe home:

  1. Replace electric cords that are worn, frayed or covered with clothing, blankets or furniture.
  2. Clean dryer lint traps out after every use
  3. Flammable items should not be closer than three feet from fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or portable heaters
  4. Alarms should be replaced every eight to 10 years. Over time their sensors become less sensitive.
  5. Smoke alarms should be tested every month to make sure they are still working.
  6. Alarms should be placed at least 10 feet from a stove, as everyday cooking may be a trigger.
  7. Practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with all residents. Practice using different routes to safety.
  8. If smoke, heat or flames block all established escape routes, stay in the room and call the fire department.
  9. Once outside, stay at the established meeting point. Never go back inside a burning building.

Click here for more information on fire prevention and safety.

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