Fire fatalities in Tennessee are on the rise. So far in Tennessee in 2018, 81 fatalities have occurred due to fire. This number is up from 48 fatalities in 2014 and we still have 2 months to go in 2018.
Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Half of all home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
Tips to keep your home & family safe from fire,
Time to change all smoke detector batteries in your home.Replace any smoke detectors that are older than 10 years old.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating sources.
Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Always use the right type of fuel for fuel burning space heaters.
Be sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
Never smoke if medical oxygen is present.
Never use your oven to heat your home.
Never leave the stove unattended while cooking.
Never smoke while in bed or laying down.
Never leave lit candles unattended.
If you do not have working smoke alarms in your home OR if the ones you have are more than 10 years old, you can apply to receive free smoke alarms. Apply online with the Get Alarmed TN program, click here.
If you are approved and your local fire department is a participant in the Get Alarmed program, the local fire department will install the alarms in your residence.
If a fire does occur in your home and you have to leave a room that is on fire, simply closing the door behind you can be the best decision you make. A closed door is one of the best pieces of firefighting and lifesaving equipment. It can reduce fire growth and spread, limit damage to your home, and possibly save lives.
Resources: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/fire_prevention/posts/Fire_Safety_List.pdf https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/fire_prevention/posts/HomeSmokeAlarms.pdf https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/fire_prevention/posts/Fire_Prevention_Heating_Safety.pdf