Kennesaw State University set fire to a mock dorm room to show the importance of fire safety for a crowd of 100 students, faculty and staff.
Students are prone to leave candles burning throughout the night and during the day, due to their busy and chaotic schedules. This demonstration showed that a candle could overwhelm an entire dorm room. There are approximately 14,000 candle-related fires per year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
October is designated as National Fire Safety, and the Atlanta Red Cross would like to share some tips on how-to prepare yourself, so you will not have to witness a fire engulf your home:
- Make sure all candles are extinguished whenever sleeping or not at home.
- Keep all sources of fuel (paper, clothing, bedding, and carpets or rugs) at least three feet away from all heat sources when cooking, or using alternative heating like a space heater.
- Don’t leave the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food, and don’t leave home while cooking.
- Keep matches and lighters away from and out of the reach of children.
- If a fire occurs, get out and stay out. Call the fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s home.
- If smoke or fire blocks the first escape route, use a second way. If someone must exit through smoke, they should crawl low under the smoke to the exit. If escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If the door is warm, get out a different way.
- If smoke, heat, or flames block the way out, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a brightly colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them the location.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.atlantaredcross.org or join our blog at www.atlantaredcross.wordpress.com