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Fire Safety and Prevention Month: Tips and info

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October is Fire Safety and Prevention Month, and as the weather turns colder, it's a good time to make sure you know how to avoid becoming a fire victim.  Good Day's Gurvir Dhindsa talked with Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens about what every family should know.

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Here are the links we mentioned in our story on Fire Prevention Month on Monday's Good Day.

MORE INFO:

Cobb Co. Fire & Emergency Services website

Link: Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens

Link: First Alert


Commissioner Hudgens suggested the following tips for cooking safety:


•    Always set a timer when cooking, so you never forget to turn off the burners or oven.

•    If a pan catches fire, cover it with a lid immediately and turn off the burner.  Don't fight a grease fire with water, as it may make the fire worse.  

•    Wear tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.  Loose clothing can contact a burner and ignite.  If this happens, remember "stop, drop and roll."  Stop where you are, cover your face with your hands, and roll over to smother the flames.

•    Never use a cooking stove to heat your home.

•    Install an adequate number of smoke alarms.  Most fatal fires start between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while the family is asleep.  The advance warning of a smoke alarm may mean the difference between life and death.  Nine out of ten fire victims are already dead before the fire department is even called, mainly from smoke and toxic gases.

•    Each household should have a well-rehearsed family escape plan.  All rooms, especially bedrooms, should have two escape routes.  Have a predetermined meeting place outside the house to ensure everyone is out safely.

•    Have a fire extinguisher readily available.  The dry chemical kind of extinguisher is usually safe for both grease and electrical fires.  If a small fire is caught in time, you may be able to quickly put it out.

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