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According to the latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, a structure fire is reported every 64 seconds. Fortunately, many fires can be prevented by putting a few of BELFOR’s simple home fire safety and prevention measures in place.

1. Ensure you have working smoke detectors. Check the batteries regularly (we recommend twice a year during Daylight Savings Time) and make sure that all family members, including children, know what smoke detector alarms sound like.

2. In the event that a smoke detector goes off, having fire extinguishers placed around the home is a smart idea to help minimize the risk of a fire taking hold. We recommend storing at least one on each floor of your home and educating all household members on how to use them.

3. Never leave anything cooking on the stove unattended. Cooking fires are the number one cause of fires in America each year. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.

4. Avoid using any electrical appliances that have frayed wires and never run cords under furniture. If you notice any electrical problems, such as hot light switches, turn them off and call a professional to inspect and if needed, replace the item.

5. Make sure all lighters, matches, etc. are kept out of children's reach. Keep kids away from lit candles and stoves and teach them of the dangers of fire. This is a life lesson everyone will be thankful for!

Understanding and implementing fire safety precautions in your home can make all the difference. Stay prepared and stay safe!

BELFOR Media Contact

Alexandra Gort
Phone: 610.594.5566