The only fires I’ve dealt with are ones well under control, in fireplaces or at a campsite. But house fires kill more than 2,500 people in the U.S. each year and cause almost $7 billion in property damage. Research finds between 2013 and 2017, nearly half of all house fires were started in a cooking incident. Other leading causes are damage from heating
devices or electric lighting.
What can you do to keep your house safe from fire? You’ve probably done some of these things already, but maybe it’s been a few years, and it’s time for an update.
Creating a fire escape plan is also simple, and in fact many of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) tools for developing an escape plan are aimed at children.
Once you have an escape plan in place, practice it. Review the map and act it out: everyone stays low to the ground inside the house, moves to the most accessible exit, and heads outdoors to the designated meeting spot. The NFPA recommends two tests of your escape plan each year.
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