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Fires in Homes are Most Common Disaster in U.S. - Stay Warm and Safe

Posted Jan 31 2011 1:00am


I realize my book, and most requested presentation title is Burn Your House Down, but tongue-in-cheek humor aside, over 80% of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the most common disaster in the U.S. today - and all avoidable.

With heating costs rising this winter, the National Fire Protection Association has found that more than four in 10 families say they are using alternatives such as a space heater, fireplace or a wood-coal stove to stay warm. The figure is even higher among families with children younger than 18 years of age.  The NFPA reports children are twice as likely as adults to die in a home fire. Alternative heating sources are involved in 74% of fire-related deaths, according to the US Fire Administration.

So, organize your heating space; take necessary and “common sense” precautions this winter to stay warm and safe as well.

Check tips and ideas at the NFPA site.

They even have some fun fire education and safety games the kids can play online! Or, go to - I had fun! This game is awesome! It’s real-time playing when the smoke alarm goes off! very cool. Try it!

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