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Fire Prevention Week Day 2

Today's information will be focused on safety regarding appliances, electric, and space heaters.

Today's statistics:

It is estimated that 2,900 fires in homes are caused by dryers every year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. About 34% of these fires are caused by a failure to clean the dryer and lint trap. With the colder months approaching, it is important to know that the more relevant times for dryer fires are the fall and winter with January being the peak month. Fires related to heating are the second leading cause of fires.

Today's tips about appliances and electrical:

- Check your dryers lint filter between every load being dried.

- Plug all major appliances directly into a wall outlet and avoid using extension cords.

- Avoid placing cords under rugs and carpets or in places that they can be damaged.

- Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs at least 3 feet from anything that can burn; including but not limited to; curtains, beds, and couches.

Today's tips about heaters:

- Place heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.

- Inspect the heater cords before plugging them directly into the wall, avoid using extension cords for these.

- Keep oxygen tanks at least 3 feet away from any heat sources such as fires and space heaters.

- Do not use your stove to heat your house.

Today's activity:

Spot all of the electrical and general hazards in this picture. Share in the comments below how many hazards you and your family found!

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