Our homes can be one of the most valuable investments that anyone will make in their lives. They also are a catalyst for many deaths each year. According to the website U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 20,000 are injured. These numbers can be brought down and even possible stopped, if people understand the importance of home fire safety. Most fire districts today have programs set up to educate homeowners and their families on the importance of fire safety. These programs are ever changing and are in most age specific. The Dallas Fire-Rescue webpage was insightful regarding programs. Dallas Fire Department in Dallas, Texas, has several age specific programs they are currently using to increase the knowledge of the residents of their district. One of the many programs that they using are for small children, is called Little Squirt Robot. It was stated as “It is a little fire engine robot communicates with children and discusses fire prevention, smoke detectors, escaping from fires and general fire safety tips.” Staying Warm
Fireplaces and chimneys need to be looked at each winter by a professional to insure the safe working of your fireplace. Many houses have wood burning fireplaces as their sole source of heat. In turn the fire places and chimneys are being used up to 24 hours a day every day, which means everything that is being burnt is going up in the chimney. The website www.move.com under the home and garden section states:
More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks of heating with wood and solid fuels. Heating fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
After a while the build up of flammable residue builds up on the inside of the chimney. If this residue does not get removed, it affects the efficacy of the fireplace and could cause a fire inside the chimney. With the regular maintenance of the fireplace and chimney, the possibility of a fire inside the chimney goes down exponentially. With the push to use a cleaner burning fire places, owners of natural gas or propane fireplaces still need to perform the safety checks each year. Sounding the...