Assemblyman McKevitt Gives Fire Prevention Tips

October 31, 2007

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) is reminding constituents that October is Fire Prevention Month. “For the safety and health of you and your family, I would like to share with you fire prevention tips,” McKevitt stated. “It is very important to understand the tasks that are associated with fire and how, in fact, you can escape and eliminate, altogether, the threat of a fire.”

Every family should create an emergency escape plan and share with each other a place to meet in case there should be a fire in your home. After this plan is created, it is important for family members to execute and practice this. Within the home, families need to create a safety zone around flammable items. Make sure you do not overload any extension cords or run them under a rug. You should always be sure to replace any electrical cord that may appear to be frayed or cracked, and if an appliance starts to smoke or has an unusual order, unplug it right away and have it repaired by a professional.

Although the inside of your home is important to look at, the environment surrounding the outside of your home can also spark fires. When considering the outside, you should make sure you remove any flammable vegetation that surrounds your house and always remember to keep your roof clear of any leaves or needles.

The final key point to remember in a sudden fire situation is “Stop, Drop, and Roll!” If your clothes catch on fire, stop right where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands and roll over and over to smother the flames.

It is also crucial to test your smoke detectors at least once a month to ensure that they are working properly.

“Fire prevention should not be taken lightly. In a few minutes everything could change. This month, we should all take the time to make sure that our environment inside and outside of the home is safe.”