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Fires account for thousands of deaths and injuries each year. October is Fire Safety Month and the Xenia Fire Department is sharing information your family needs to know to stay safe.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one thing a family should do is to make a safety plan and practice the plan. The NFPA said modern homes burn faster and families may only have two minutes to escape to safety if their home catches fire.
As part of the plan, families should map out exits to their home and have smoke alarms in each level of the home. The NFPA also suggests families have smoke alarms outside each bedroom and near all sleeping areas.
While NFPA and the Xenia Fire Division are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Xenia Fire Division Chief Ken Riggsby. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
Read more: Fire Safety Checklist
Families should pick a place to meet up outside of the home and call 911 right away after getting to safety.
Read more: Fire Safety Checklist for Seniors
While cooking is the leading cause of fires, with Thanksgiving being the number one day of fires involving cooking equipment, the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. Be cautious and keep flammables away from the stove top.
During the winter months, the leading cause of fires is heating equipment, particularly space heaters. Make sure anything that can burn is at least three feet from heating equipment. There should also be a three-foot 'kid-free zone' from open fires or space heaters. Heating equipment and chimneys should be inspected yearly to maintain safety.
If you have a fire emergency, you should call 911, but if you have a non-emergency, the Xenia Fire Division can be reached at 937-376-7280.