Monday, October 4, 2010

HOT: October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month.

Ever wonder about the history behind National Fire Prevention Month? This annual observance has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire which occurred October 8, 1871. According to legend, it was started in a two-story barn owned by Patrick O'Leary. His wife ran a milk business out of the barn and carelessly left a kerosene lantern lit. A cow kicked over the lantern that ignited the hay.

There are many things that you can do to improve the safety of your home:

-- Have at least one operating smoke detector.
-- Have an escape plan with at least two exits.
-- Assign someone to help either the elderly or small children.
-- Assign someone to call 911.
-- Know a meeting place to congregate once outside the home.
-- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
-- Have a working fire extinguisher.
-- Keep small children away from cooking area.
-- Never run extension cords under rugs.
-- Unplug any electrical appliance that has a strange smell.

Source: National Safety Council

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