Our 20-Person Deluxe Ultimate 72 Hour Survival Kit is packaged in (3) 5-gallon containers and designed for the office or school. This is due to a number of reasons, not the least is the positive impact of fire safety programs and increased fire safety awareness throughout the country. NFPA's Safety Source blog features news and information created to reduce fire deaths, injuries, and property loss. NFPA is a global organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
Fire safety involves reducing flammable material, but also increasing access for firefighters and fire fighting equipment. If your driveway is less than 150 feet long, firefighters can reach your home from the street. Make sure your driveway has a solid driving surface and that all culverts and bridges can accommodate heavy fire trucks.
Heat, outside, from a large wildfire can ignite sheer curtains inside homes through glass windows.
Make sure you have smoke detectors on each floor of your home and check them a few times per year. Ignite your recreational fires in a pit or container and completely extinguish them before leaving. If feasible, try to equip chimneys and stove pipes with a spark arrester that meets the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association. Install adequate numbers of smoke alarm for each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC Type), and make sure everyone knows where it's kept. Keep a ladder that will reach the roof for extinguishing sparks that may land on the roof, even if this means climbing and shooting water outward at the sparks.
Keep items on hand that can be used as fire fighting tools: axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel.
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This toolkit includes safety tip sheets that provide information about fire hazards related to cooking, heating, and electrical equipment, major causes of home fires every year.
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Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, space heater, fireplace or wood stove.
Do not use a space heater in wet or damp areas unless it is specifically designed for use in wet locations such as bathrooms. Electricity has become such a standard part of our daily lives that it is often taken for granted, but electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year. All electrical work in your home should be performed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local and national codes.
Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions. Ensure doorways, hallways, and stairs are clear of furniture and clutter that could become an obstruction or tripping hazard during a fire emergency. Contact your local fire department's non-emergency line and explain your special needs for fire escape planning, asking them to keep your special needs information on file. Smoke alarms save lives by providing early warning of fire, yet roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working alarms.
Age-related hearing loss may make it difficult for older adults to respond quickly to the sound of a standard smoke alarm. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected so that they all sound if one sounds.
Batteries for battery-operated or battery back-up alarms should be replaced at least once a year. Test smoke alarms to make sure everyone in your home can hear them, even when they are asleep. If anyone in your household is deaf, or if your own hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency.


If possible, both a family member and a backup person should be assigned to help awaken those with hearing loss during fire drills and emergencies.
Use this checklist to help find and correct fire safety hazards in your home before they can start a fire or injure someone. If you are unable to complete of the items on this checklist by yourself, ask a family member or someone close to you for assistance. On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the United States, for a total of nearly 3,000 fatalities every year. Part of this information is on official sites; adapted here for Oregon with additional advice.
They are consistently more threatened with death or injury by fire than any other age group.
These produce a fire that can be difficult or impossible to contain with a garden hose depending on the size. Without access and escape routes, firefighters may not endanger themselves to save your home.
But if you save some pruning for fall and winter, the branch piles will grow when the climate is moist and relatively free from fire danger. Therefore, some people open the mufflers and discard the screens which are not needed for the running of the engine only. If these ignite at night, the fire can spread rapidly from tree to tree and from tree to building.
At least in Oregon, Realtors are now making sure that the multi-year batteries go into smoke detectors before a home sale is completed.



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