Magnarelli Encourages Fire Safety and Prevention
October 23, 2003
The recent recognition of National Fire Prevention Week is an important reminder of the danger that fire poses to our children and families. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), children under five are twice as likely to die in a fire as those over five. However, there are steps that we all can take to avoid this kind of tragedy. I have assembled a checklist of the most important advice.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children;
- Post emergency phone numbers on your telephone;
- Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your house, test them monthly, and replace batteries twice a year on daylight savings day;
- Place a fire extinguisher in high risk areas;
- Create an emergency escape plan that includes an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home. Walk through that plan frequently with everyone in the home;
- Assign someone to assist family members with mobility limitations and children; and,
- Teach children fire safety, including the danger of matches, lighters, and open flames, as well as Stop, Drop, and Roll.