In 2015 the U.S. Fire Administration estimated that there were 380,900 residential fires. Out of those, they estimated that about 1,800 resulted in fatalities and 7,500 in injuries.

About half of all home fires are caused from cooking, one in ten from heating and one in twenty from electrical malfunction. How can you protect yourself, and what should you do if there is a fire in your home?

When cooking, you need to keep track of what is going on, you don’t want to cook when tired or on any type of medication that makes you drowsy. You should also be prepared to put out any fire that might start in your kitchen. A grease fire should never be put out with water, it will only make things worse. Instead, cover the pot with a lid or some other non-flammable object. You could also pour a large amount of baking soda to extinguish the fire.

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