a new national study reveals that for most Americans,
home fires rank highest on the list of top disaster
concerns, along with terrorist attacks and natural
"2006 Fire Safety Census," released by Liberty
Mutual and the International Association of Fire
Fighters (IAFF), reports that of those polled the
biggest concerned were in the following order; fire in
the home, terrorist attacks, tornados, hurricanes,
earthquakes and finally floods. The telephone
survey interviewed more than 1,000 Americans 25 years
old and older during August 2006. The results are
profiled online at ,
Liberty Mutual's new interactive fire safety and
this high anxiety around home fires, the survey further
reveals that many Americans are dangerously negligent
when it comes to taking fire precautions and are largely
uninformed about what to do if a fire occurs - steps
that can dramatically impact their chances of surviving
on the survey results, Liberty Mutual and the IAFF have
developed fire safety recommendations for families to
stay safe and be prepared. Top tips are:
smoke alarms once a month.
smoke alarm batteries once a year - at an
easy-to-remember time, such as when clocks are
a smoke alarm that's more than 10 years old.
a fire extinguisher, mount it, and learn how to use
leave burning candles unattended or near combustible
a fire alarm sounds, or smoke is visible, evacuate
first and then call the fire department.
doors behind you when leaving the room and building
to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
an escape route that shows two ways out of each
a meeting place near the home.
an escape plan - during the day and night - at least
twice a year.
to children frequently about preventing fires and
not leave a stove or oven on unattended.
portable heaters at least three feet away from all
combustible materials and never leave them on
disable a smoke alarm.
not overload power strips.
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