Be pre­pared to take care of your home, fam­ily

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Are you and your fam­ily pre­pared in the event of a home fire? Do you have safety steps in place you can take to keep you, your fam­ily and your com­mu­nity safe in case of a fire?

Agent John Gar­rett of State Farm In­sur­ance Agency is part­ner­ing with the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Con­trol Board to help pre­pare the cit­i­zens of New­ton County in the event a home fire oc­curs by pro­vid­ing them with the nec­es­sary safety tips.

Ac­cord­ing to Gar­rett, “In the event of a fire, re­mem­ber that ev­ery sec­ond counts and you and your fam­ily must al­ways be pre­pared.” The fol­low­ing tips are of­fered to pro­tect your fam­ily and home from fire:

Check smoke de­tec­tors once a month and change the bat­ter­ies at least twice a year. At least one smoke de­tec­tor should be in­stalled on ev­ery level of a struc­ture.

Be aware that if a fire threat­ens your home, you should not place the call to emer­gency ser­vices from in­side the home. It is bet­ter to get out and place the call to fire au­thor­i­ties from a safe lo­ca­tion out­side the home.

Give first aid where ap­pro­pri­ate. Se­ri­ously in­jured vic­tims should be trans­ported to pro­fes­sional med­i­cal help im­me­di­ately. Stay out of the dam­aged build­ing. Re­turn only when fire au­thor­i­ties say it is safe.

Keep por­ta­ble and space heaters at least 3 feet from any­thing that may burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to sleep.

Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy. Care­lessly

dis­carded cig­a­rettes are a lead­ing cause of fire deaths in the United States.

Keep cooking ar­eas clear of com­bustibles and wear short or tight-fit­ting sleeves when you cook. Keep the han­dles of your pots turned in­ward so they do not over-hang the stove. If grease catches fire, care­fully slide a lid over the pan and smother the flames, then turn off the burner.

In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be deadly! Store them where chil­dren can’t reach them, prefer­ably in a locked area. Teach chil­dren that matches and lighters are “tools” and should only be used by adults.

If an ap­pli­ance smokes or has an un­usual smell, un­plug it im­me­di­ately and have it re­paired. Re­place frayed or cracked elec­tri­cal cords and don’t over­load ex­ten­sion cords. They should not be run un­der rugs.

If some­one gets burned, im­me­di­ately place the wound un­der cool wa­ter for 10 to 15 min­utes. If the burn blis­ters or chars, see a doc­tor im­me­di­ately!

The Ge­or­gia Ar­son Con­trol Pro­gram, Inc. (GAC) was formed in Jan­uary of 1979 by prop­erty and ca­su­alty in­sur­ers writ­ing busi­ness in Ge­or­gia. GAC, Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of In­sur­ance and Safety Fire, and state/lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies, es­tab­lished an AR­SON HOT­LINE 1-800-282-5804. A re­ward fund was ini­ti­ated from which mone­tary re­wards are given to in­di­vid­u­als who come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion that re­sults in the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of ar­son­ists. Be sure to visit us on Face­book.

Visit us at www.geor­giaar­son­con­

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