Fire safety tips

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With an increase of fires in West Michigan recently, we should all be paying special attention to fire safety.

About 3,000 people in the United States died in a house fire in the last year, or about one person every three hours.

Luckily, the risk of a house fire can be greatly reduced by taking the right precautionary measures.

The first step to staying safe is stocking your home with the correct fire safety equipment.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends primary fire extinguishers for your living area and garage, with a supplementary one in your kitchen. To know which fire extinguisher to choose and how to operate one, visit their website.

The correct equipment also includes smoke alarms, one of the easiest and least expensive ways to receive early warning of a fire.

Even though only four percent of homes do not have installed smoke alarms, half of the nation’s fire deaths occur in those four percent of homes. Reduce your risk by more than half by making sure you have working, installed smoke alarms today. If your alarms haven’t been changed in several years, make sure they are replaced.

In addition to having the right equipment, it is also vital to have an escape plan from every room in your house. Practice with your family, have systems in place to help children and the elderly, and have an escape ladder available for upstairs rooms.

By taking these simple steps, you can keep yourself, your home, and your loved ones safe. For any additional questions or information, contact the United Technologies Kidde Online Help Center.

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