The Pryor Times

November 3, 2013

Home fires are deadliest killer

PRYOR, OK — The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire.

Fortunately, most home fires can be prevented. Homeowners should check for items that can be hazardous such as candles and space heaters – common items that can turn dangerous very quickly.

MAKE A PLAN The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire.

Other safety steps include:

— Follow the escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call

9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

— Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.

— Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.

—     Download the Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in the Apple App Store.

 and on Google Play for Android.