Allstate helps New Yorkers prevent fires before they happen during Fire Prevention Week
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 11:45 am
During National Fire Prevention Week,
New Yorkers can use fire safety tips to stop a fire's flames before they even
Editorial by Allstate Insurance Co.
For most, fire safety was a subject they learned about in grade
school, but, somewhere along the way, the knowledge gets pushed aside.
The National Fire Protection Association recognizes the week of
Oct. 9 as National Fire Prevention Week. Allstate Insurance Co. wants to make
sure all New Yorkers do whatever they can to prevent a fire from happening, by
supplying an important list of fire safety
measures to take.
Tips for preventing a fire before it starts:
- Don't overload outlets by
using multiple plug extenders or extension cords
- Use a certified, surge
protected power strip and stick to recommended wattages
- Never run electrical wires
or extension cords under carpets or heavy items
- Make sure electrical cords
are not worn or frayed
- Avoid using candles, but if
you do, never leave them unattended and be sure to place them in a secure
holder away from flammables and linens
- Cook only where it is
allowed, keeping the area clean. And never leave unattended
- Do not smoke inside your
room (especially in bed). Instead, go outside and, when finished, make sure
cigarettes are properly extinguished.
- Drink responsibly! There is
a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths - not only can it impair your
judgment; it can also hamper your ability to escape.
- Make an escape plan,
identifying at least two escape routes from your room if possible. Learn the
building's emergency exits and don't ignore fire drills. Student apathy can be
a major problem with quick and efficient evacuation.
Be Aware and Prepare" and the National
Fire Protection Association for more, helpful information.