More than 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments in 2016, resulting in an estimated 3,390 civilian deaths and causing $10.6 billion in property damage.


Here are some tips that can help you become more safe and aware:


  • Know your emergency exits and escape plan. If you’re at home, at work, at the movie theater or at dinner, look for all possible exits and have a plan of escape in mind in case an emergency were to occur.


  • If you come across a small, containable fire, use a fire extinguisher to put it out. A good way to remember how to operate a fire extinguisher is P.A.S.S.: 


  • Inspect your fire extinguishers at least once per month. You do not want your extinguisher to be empty or not charged whenever it is needed to put out a fire. 


  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Smoke alarms should also be replaced when they are 10 years old and there should be one in each room of your home. 


  • Check for warn out electrical equipment. Look for overheating, wear and tear, and overloading on electrical cords…all of which can cause a fire. If you see any of this, unplug and dispose of the cord immediately. 



Matthew Steighner is the Risk Control Consultant for Gunn-Mowery LLC. 



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