Preventing fires is an important part of fire safety. In the United States, cooking is the main cause of home fires. Cigarettes are a big risk too - they are the leading cause of fire deaths. Here are some fire prevention tips:
- Don't leave the stove or oven unattended when they are on
- Don't let children use kitchen appliances unsupervised
- Don't smoke in bed
- Make sure your electrical appliances and cords are in good condition
It is also important to be prepared in case there is a fire. Make sure that you have working smoke detectors on every floor and in every bedroom. You should also have fire extinguishers on every floor and in your kitchen. Make and practice an escape plan in case the main exit is blocked.
- After the Fire! Returning to Normal (Federal Emergency Management Agency) - PDF
- Children and Home Fires (American Red Cross) - PDF
- Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist (American Red Cross) - PDF
- Fire Safety (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Fire Safety (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Fireworks Information Center (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Fireworks Safety (National Fire Protection Association)
- Hoarding: Issues for the Fire Service (National Fire Protection Association) - PDF
- Home Fires (Department of Homeland Security) Also in Spanish
- Home Fires Involving Grills (National Fire Protection Association)
- Medical Oxygen Safety (National Fire Protection Association) - PDF
- Smoke Alarms for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (National Fire Protection Association)
- Smoking and Home Fire Safety (United States Fire Administration)
- Sparky's Firehouse (Games) (National Fire Protection Association)
- United States Fire Administration
- What to Do in a Fire (For Kids) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Factors Associated with Home Fire Escape Plans in New South Wales:...
- Article: Preventing and Managing Operating Room Fires in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
- Article: Clarifications and Expectations: Understanding Key Changes to the Life Safety Standards.
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