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Fire Prevention | Home Safety

Fire Safety begins at home. Every family should know the basics of how to prevent fires at home and what to do in case there is a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments across the US responded to nearly 400,000 home fires in 2006.

The Topeka Fire Department reminds everyone that with a little extra caution, preventing the leading causes of home fires - cooking, heating, electrical and smoking-materials - is within their power. The NFPA has prepared a number of Safety Fact Sheets to help the whole family learn what steps to take to ensure their home is fire-safe.

Safety Topics include
  • Appliances: Candles, cooking, heating, smoking, CO poisoning
  • Candles: The top five days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, and Halloween
  • Carbon Monoxide: Be aware of the hazards of this "silent killer."
  • Children and fire: Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year.
  • Cooking: Includes general cooking safety info, as well as tips for microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers.
  • Electrical safety: Safety in the home with circuit interrupters.
  • Escape planning: Learn the steps to create and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Fire extinguishers: Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape.
  • Fireworks: Each July Fourth, thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks.
  • Heating: The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
  • Lightning: Fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening.
  • Seasonal safety: Fireworks, Christmas trees, grilling, Halloween safety and more.
  • Smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms are essential in every household.
  • Smoking materials-related fires: Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
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