Every day, roughly 800 residence fires occur in the nation with most starting overnight, between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am. More than 6,500 Americans die in home and apartment fires annually, and over half are children or elderly people.
As we know, Arizona is especially prone to fires due to the extremely dry conditions.
Taking three precautionary steps can save lives:
- Install smoke alarms, and teach everyone about the dangers of smoke and flames in a home fire.
- Plan and practice escape routes, especially with small children. Kids get scared and could run and hide instead of trying to get out
- Identify a post-escape meeting place so you know everyone is safely out of the fire
- Get fire extinguishers and have them handy in the kitchen, garage and by the Bar-B-Q outside
If you are in an apartment frequently check the fire exists to make sure they are accessible. There have been cases where people were trapped because landlords secure fire exits to keep trespassers out.