Burn Awareness Week tips for fire safety

GRAFTON—In recognition of Burn Awareness Week in Grafton and Taylor County, Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm would like to provide some tips and tricks to make sure residents stay safe during a fire.

“As part of our job, we here at the Grafton Fire Department feel that it is very important to help educate both adults and children on fire safety,” expressed Crimm. “A fire can start and spread through a home very quickly. We want everyone in our community to remain safe and out of harm’s way in the event of a fire.”

The fire department has compiled a list of tips, in conjunction with the Shriners Hospital for Children, for the citizens to help reduce the risk of fire-related injuries.

Crimm said he feels implementing plans to safely exit the home is imperative.

“When a fire starts, it spreads quickly through a building. Without a plan in place, families might panic in the situation,” said Crimm. “If they have an established evacuation plan, where everyone knows what needs to be done, it could help prevent injuries and save lives.”

According to the Shriners Hospital for Children website, there are precautions that should be taken if you are in a room with a closed door when a fire occurs. First and foremost, do not open the door if you see smoke under it.

The website says if you don’t see smoke, check the door handle. If the handle is hot to the touch, do not open the door. If door can be opened, and there is no smoke or heat, proceed quickly to the designated exits, while staying as low to the ground as possible.

The Grafton Fire Department would also like to remind residents, that in the event of a fire, to get out of the house and stay out. Should your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll.

According to Crimm, one of the easiest ways to help prevent injury due to fire is to make sure smoke alarms are working properly.

“Smoke alarms should be installed in numerous areas throughout your home,” shared Crimm. “If the house has more than one level, smoke alarms should be put on every level and in key areas, like outside of bedrooms and in kitchen areas.”

He went on to say that the alarms should be tested monthly.

“FEMA suggests smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years after the manufacture date,” Crimm said. “There will be a sticker on the device where the manufacture date can be found, and I strongly suggest individuals check that.”

For more fire safety and burn prevention tips like these, please visit www.beburnaware.org.

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