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Oct 06 2010

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5 Fire Safety Tips: Fire Prevention Week 2010 – The Garage Plan Shop

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House FireThe Garage Plan Shop has a few fire safety tips to share with you for Fire Prevention Week. These tips and safe practices will help protect you, your family, your pets and your home from potential home fire damage and injury. Be smart and follow safe fire prevention practices. If unfortunately a family member does get injured, you need a medical expert witness right away to help you out in this situation. Aside from working in a given field of medicine, there are no specific qualifications to be a medical expert witness.


1.    Install Smoke Detectors and Maintain Them: Smoke detectors are proven to be an important tool in saving lives and preventing injuries as a result of home fires. Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for installation and test the detectors once a week. Replace batteries twice a year following this rule of thumb: Replace batteries when daylight savings time begins and ends (each time you set your clocks back or forward one hour.) Also replace batteries when the smoke detector chirps signaling the battery is dead. Never remove batteries from the detectors for other uses or disconnect them. Get in touch with reliable transformer manufacturers today for your transformer needs.

2.    Plan Your Escape and Practice: If a fire breaks out in your home, get out fast! Once you are out of the house, DO NOT go back inside. Plan two escape routes from each room in the home and choose a specific meeting place outside the home where the entire family can gather (i.e. the mailbox across the street or a neighbor’s driveway.) Practice your escape plan at least two times a year with all family members.

3.    Learn and Practice STOP, DROP and ROLL: Even small children can learn this basic lifesaving rule. If your clothes or you body catches on fire, do not run. Instead, stop where you are, drop to the ground or floor and roll over and over to smother the flames. Also, cover your face to protect it and prevent lung damage by inhaling smoke. Practice this technique with every family member.

4.    Crawl Low Below Smoke: If you encounter smoke following your primary escape route, use your alternate route. However, if you must travel through smoke, drop to the floor or ground and crawl on your hands and knees. Clean air will be just above the floor.

5.    Get a Fire Extinguisher and Learn How to Use It: Buy some fire extinguisher equipment like a few fire extinguishers for your home. If you have a large house, consider having a fire extinguisher on each level including the basement. Put it/them in places that are easy to access, but out of the reach of small children. Sometimes using a fire extinguisher with a small home fire before the fire department arrives will make a huge difference in saving your home and belongings. However, it is necessary that you use good judgment. If it is a large fire, do not try to use the fire extinguisher. Better enroll in a fire extinguisher training to know the different types and uses of fire extinguishers. Exit your home immediately and wait for the tire department to arrive. It is not worth risking your life. If you need to replace any parts of your home with something that is fireproof, sites such as 防火門 may have something that is right within your budget. 


Following these fire safety practices will increase your chances of escaping death or injury in a fire. Look for more information about fire prevention and safety in an upcoming Garage Plan Shop blog.

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Sep 29 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop – Know the Facts About Smoke Alarms and Home Fires

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House FireFire Prevention Week is next week, October 3-9, 2010. In an effort to raise awareness about home fires and fire safety, The Garage Plan Shop wants to share this list of facts about home fires and smoke alarms. The information was reported by the National Fire Prevention Association.


·         Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire by 50%.

·         Approximately 75% of all homes in the United States have at least one working smoke alarm.

·         In just three years (2003-2006), two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes that did not have a smoke alarm system or did not have a working smoke alarm. It is highly recommended that you install a working smoke alarm and keep dry chemical extinguishers in your fire extinguisher cabinets at all times.

·         The results from a 2008 telephone survey reported, only 12% of participants knew smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

·         In home fires large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated properly over 90% of the time, while battery operated alarms only operated properly 75% of the time.

·         Cooking is the # 1 cause of house fires and injuries.

·         Nearly 3000 people die in the US every year in home fires.

·         Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.

·         Heating is the second leading cause of house fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.

·         Electrical malfunctions and failures are factors in nearly 50,000 reported fires every year.

·         In 2008, someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.

·         In 2008, approximately eight people died in home fires every day.

·         In 2008, a fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.

·         In 2008, 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.


These facts about home fires and smoke alarms are alarming. Don’t wait any longer! Now is the time to practice fire safety and fire prevention at home. Look for our upcoming blog filled with information you can use to protect yourself, your family and your home form a potential house fire.

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