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House fires are a leading cause of loss of life and property. Fires kill
more people in the United States than all natural disasters combined.
Because of the cold, dark, long winters in Alaska, it's easy to forget that
our space heaters, candles, and fireplaces can be very dangerous. Please
take a moment to read through these "fire facts" from the United
States Fire Administration.
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the
U.S. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. Cooking fires often
result from unattended cooking and human error, rather than mechanical failure
of stoves or ovens.
- Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
Smoke alarms and smolder-resistant bedding and upholstered furniture are
significant fire deterrents.
- Arson is both the second leading cause of residential
fires and residential fire deaths. In commercial properties, arson is the
major cause of deaths, injuries and dollar loss.
- Heating is the third leading cause of residential
fires. Heating fires are a larger problem in single family homes than in
apartments. Unlike apartments, the heating systems in single family homes
are often not professionally maintained.
- Candles are another significant cause of house fires.
What You Can Do
- Install and maintain smoke detectors in your home.
- Utilize fire safety while cooking, and have easy access to a fire extinguisher
in your home.
- Make sure your dryer vents to the outside, rather than into a closed space
such as a basement.
- Consider using artificial candles instead of real ones.
- If you do use candles, keep candle wicks trimmed, and be sure that there
is nothing above, next to, or near that might ignite. It is best to keep
a space of at least two feet between the candle and anything combustible.
- Never leave a burning candle in your home unattended, or even out of sight.
- Never leave candles or matches within the reach of children.
- Children should not be permitted to use the stove, matches, or fireplace
without adult supervision.
- Never leave a space heater unattended. For more tips regarding space heater
safety, click this
For more information, visit the Web site of the
United States Fire Administration.