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Caution: It's Hot!

Steve Wagner

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2011, there were 1,389,500 fires in the United States which caused 3,005 deaths, 17,500 injuries, and $11.7 billion dollars of property damage. While Indiana is not famous for forest fires, just in the last few days, Indiana has seen two residential fires which have caused quite a bit of damage. On July 7th, a car lot caught fire, and the fire is estimated to have caused $50,000 dollars of damage. Only a few days previously on July 4th, a fire in a vacant home destroyed about $25,000 dollars’ worth of property.

For 2012, The U.S. Fire Administration put the total percentage of residential fires at 29.1% of all fires in the United States. The leading causes of residential fire were determined to be Cooking (48.7%), Heating (12.1%), Careless (5.6%), Electrical malfunction (5.4%), Intentional (5%), Open flame (4.9%), and Appliances (4.4%).

Fortunately, Ready has a few simple tips on how to keep you summer fire free.

  1. Cooking: be sure to stay in the kitchen while cooking and don’t cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken strong medication. Keep kids away from the stove and keep barbecue grills 10 feet away from anything flammable.
  2. Smoking: Make sure ashes are completely stubbed out and in an ashtray. Do not smoke in a home where Oxygen is being used. Don’t smoke when you are sleepy, have taken strong medication, or have been drinking.
  3. Electrical and Appliance Safety: keep wiring up to date and buy electrical parts approved by a nationally known laboratory. Use extension cords reasonably and never force an electrical socket into the wall. If a light switch is hot to the touch, immediately replace it.
  4. Children: teach children that fire is not a toy. Keep all matches and lighters locked and out of reach. Do not leave children alone near stoves, fires, or burning candles.

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