11/14/2011 - Fire prevention tips
According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation once every three hours. To help reduce this rate, Energizer Batteries is reminding homeowners about what they should do in the event of a fire.
One of the most important tasks is to develop an escape plan and review a homeowner's insurance policy. The plan should map out where all the exits are in a home so that people can escape quickly.
Energizer also advised homeowners about some common sources of fire in a home, many of which become apparent in the winter months. For instance, residents should remember not to trap electrical cords against walls, as this can cause heat to build up, posing a fire hazard.
Homeowners should also be especially careful in the kitchen, as the U.S. Fire Administration says this is the place where most home fires occur. To help minimize the risk of one, Energizer recommends not using extension cords to plug in cooking appliances, as these may cause an outlet to overload, leading to a fire.