Valu­able tips for pre­vent­ing fires

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Fire de­stroys ev­ery­thing in its path, in­clud­ing pre­cious mem­o­ries and lives. Here are a few preven­tion tips to help you and your fam­ily avoid be­com­ing fire vic­tims.

The golden rule? Have a smoke alarm that is in good work­ing or­der on ev­ery floor of the home, es­pe­cially near bed­rooms. Test them on a monthly ba­sis and change the bat­ter­ies once a year. Did you know that the ma­jor­ity of fire deaths oc­cur at night? Vic­tims rarely suc­cumb to the flames; rather, smoke in­hala­tion is re­spon­si­ble for most of th­ese fa­tal­i­ties.

Avoid smok­ing in bed. You just have to doze off for a few min­utes for your cig­a­rette to end up on the sheets. Keep all items re­lated to smok­ing out of the reach of chil­dren. Ash­trays, matches, and lighters should al­ways be left in a safe place. Flammable items that have not been used for sev­eral months, such as cans of paint and sol­vent, should be dis­carded in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner. Most mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have a de­pot site for such ma­te­ri­als. The same also goes for all those piles of pa­per left ly­ing around — re­cy­cle them.

Lastly, the most log­i­cal rule of all is to keep highly dan­ger­ous prod­ucts, such as ga so­line and propane con­tain­ers, out­side the home. This type of pro duct should never, un­der any cir­cum­stances, be stored in­side your home.

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