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Home Fire Safety Tips

Your home is the center of your life – filled with loved ones and family belongings. Protect your home with these important home fire safety tips:

Never smoke in bed

Forty percent of all smoking-related fires start in the bedroom. Many beds and blankets are made of combustible materials, making it very dangerous to fall asleep with a lit cigarette. The risk increases with the use of alcohol, drugs and medications. A responsible smoker should always extinguish cigarettes in a fireproof ashtray located away from all combustible materials.

Keep an eye on your cooking

From 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 155,400 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment each year. These fires caused an average of 390 deaths, 4,800 injuries and $771 million in direct property damage.1

Unattended cooking equipment was the leading cause of those fires. Using grills on wooden or combustible decks was also a contributor.

When cooking, you should always:

Never leave burning candles unattended

Candles cause an estimated 15,600 fires in residential structures, 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries and $539 million in estimated direct property damage each year2. In many cases, candles were being used as a light source because power had been shut off or was temporarily out of service. Keep a flashlight and batteries on hand for emergencies to prevent the need to use candles for emergency lighting.

If you do burn candles, always:

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