“Families need to take the proper precautions to prevent potentially dangerous fire situations,” says John Viniello, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. “We believe that if everyone takes a few moments to review fire safety techniques and protocols with their loved ones, lives will be saved and potential tragedies avoided.”
The organization has issued a list of fire safety tips to keep people safe throughout the winter.
Keep a watchful eye on space heaters, and make sure there is at least three feet of clear space around them when in operation. Do not leave a space heater on unattended.
• Keep flammable liquids free from heating sources, and store them in a cool location. Also, keep them separate from other stored items such as paper products and cloth materials.
• Check to make sure smoke detectors are working properly.
• Keep an up-to-date list of emergency fire, police, and medical phone numbers near your telephone.
• Develop an escape plan with your family from multiple rooms within your home, both upstairs and downstairs. Take time to review the escape plan with your family, including a practice fire drill.
For more information, visit www.nfsa.org.
©2012 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
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