Fire Safety Essay
By: Ryan Flowers
What is fire safety? Fire safety is a set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire.
Fire safety is an important practice that most people do not partake in. It is very important because, if practiced, can save lives. Fire safety can be taken in to your home many a way. One way would be to have an escape plan from many different angles in your household. Some examples would be, have a smoke alarm, if cooking stay with the food that you are making, don’t plug too many cords into one extension cord, and even just making sure your heaters filter, (or dryer), isn’t plugged up for a long time. Also very important, keep matches and lighters away from children at all times. The NFPA states, “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated of 35,000 home structure fires per year during 2011-2015, which represents three quarters of all structure fires. $ 6.7 billion in direct damage in structure fires.” The NFPA also says that an average of 7 people died in U.S home fires a day.
How can you stay safe during a fire? Well, according to Quora.com, your first priority is to get you, and all your family members to an exit. Also stay low during a fire, breathing or inhaling smoke form a fire can cause heart, lungs, and respiratory problems. If you don’t stay low, you could breathe in lots of smoke, which may can cause inflammation in your lungs, and airways, causing swelling to block oxygen. As soon as you are out of the building, call 911 for help. If the clothes on you on you, or even your skin, stop, drop, and roll. It might just save your life.
Fire safety saves lives, whether inside your own home, a friend, a family member, even a foe’s home. A fire can even be in your environment. With education of fire safety, of the warning signs of a fire, and hazards, you could be protected from the future. Look, listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. You should ask yourself if you have a plan, and the right safety equipment.