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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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054000205729 10 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide To avoid a potential house fire, it's best to know and recognize the problem areas that lead to most fires in the home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the biggest danger areas include smoking materials, cooking, heating equipment, candles and arson. Smoking materials, specifically cigarettes, are the leading cause of fatal fires — causing 700-900 deaths each year on average. They are the leading cause of fire deaths in any location, in the United States and every other country where sufficient data is collected. In most cases, carelessly discarded smoking materials ignite trash, bedding or upholstered furniture. Most smoking-related fires start in the living room, family room or den, as opposed to a bedroom. Cooking fires are often very preventable and typically occur when a hot stove is left unattended. It only takes a few moments, and any distraction can lead to a fire from unattended cooking. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and injuries in home fires. At least two-thirds of these fires involve the range, especially the cooktop, and two-thirds of home cooking fires start within the first 15 minutes of cooking. Behind kitchens, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and third leading cause of home fire deaths. Approximately 66 percent of heating-related fires can be traced to improperly used space heaters (including fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters and wood stoves). Space heaters are most dangerous when something combustible is left nearby, while chimney fires are typically caused by creosote buildup. Though candles are often used for ambiance or smell, most candle-related fires occur when a candle Common causes of fires

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