October 12th, 2016 at 11:00 am

fire safety tips

No one likes to think about the possibility of their home and possessions going up in flames. But not thinking about it could prove to be a costly and potentially tragic oversight.

That’s why National Fire Prevention Week was created by presidential proclamation by Calvin Coolidge in 1925, and continues to this day under the sponsorship of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Many people aren’t aware that Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871. The week was designed to observe that fire’s anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of prevention.

This year’s observance is October 9-15, but as any safety official will tell you, awareness should be a year-round effort. We’ve compiled a list of tips on how to keep your home fire-safe, both indoors and outside.

Have a home fire escape plan

Smoke alarms give you time to get out

Be cautious in the kitchen

Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property

Use care around the barbecue

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