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In Case of Fire: Keeping Your Family Safe

girl hugging boyIn 2011, home fires in the United States injured nearly 14,000 people and killed more than 2,500. On average, seven people die in home fires every day. Children, especially those ages 5 and younger, are twice as likely to die in home fires as older kids and adults because they are less likely to react appropriately. They may hide in closets or under beds. When firefighters burst upon the scene, a very young child is likely to be terrified by their massive outfits and equipment.

This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and there is no better time to prepare so if the worst does happen, everyone can get out of the house safely.

Be alarmed

Go through the motions

Learn the basics

Follow these fire safety guidelines

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: September 2013
 

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