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Fire safety reminders to protect your home and family – LubbockOnline.com

Many people do not take the proper safety precautions to protect their homes in case of a fire. Following three simple steps can help ensure your home does not catch on fire. By making sure your kitchen area is clean, you can prevent a fire. Flammable products should be away from the cooking area and be sure everything is removed from the oven before preheating. It is also important to understand your electrical system. Many common electrical mistakes lead to fires. Lastly, buy safety products to keep in your home.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) September 2015 Structure Fires Report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home fires per year between 2009-2013, causing $6.9 billion in damage and 2,470 deaths.
  • The NFPA cites cooking equipment, heating equipment and electrical distribution systems as the three leading causes of accidental home fires, but there are steps homeowners can take to help prevent them.
  • The NFPA recommends testing your smoke alarms regularly and replacing them every 10 years to best help protect your family and home, but there are several safety tips and steps you can take to further help prevent a fire before it happens.

“In the chance a fire does occur in your home, safety equipment such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers can mean the difference between life and death, but homeowners should also install devices that can help to prevent fires.”

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