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According to a Harris Interactive Survey, conducted for the National Fire Protection Association, while the majority of Americans, 66 percent, have an escape plan in case of a fire, most, 34 percent, have not practiced it.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Fires can strike anywhere – in structures, buildings, automobiles, and the outdoors – but fires that affect our homes are often the most tragic and the most preventable.
The National Fire Protection Association offers the following risks:
The U.S. Fire Administration offers the following steps you can take to prevent fire:
Install smoke alarms: Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half.
Install residential sprinklers: Smoke alarms can only alert you and your family to a fire in the home – they cannot contain or extinguish a fire; residential sprinkler systems can.
Have an escape plan: Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get out of control and turn into a major fire.
Have a fire extinguisher: The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property-saving tool.