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Tahoe chef’s corner: Make 2016 a healthy, fire-safe year

Mike Brown
Chief’s Corner

Mike Brown

Most of us start off our new year with a resolution to improve our health. As we work towards our health resolutions, let's all consider one additional step — fire prevention.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is urging everyone to make 2016 a healthy and fire-safe year.

Most people say they feel safest at home. But data shows 83 percent of all fire deaths in the U.S. happen in homes; in fact, the USFA reports 81 home fire fatalities already to date this year.

To help prevent avoidable accidents, please follow these safety tips to ring in the new year:

Make sure your home is protected by working smoke alarms. Half of all home fire deaths happen at night, when people are sleeping.

Test your smoke alarms once a month, and replace your smoke alarms when they're 10 years old.

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Cooking is the main cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Make safety your first ingredient; stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures. Fires start when the heat gets too high. If you see any smoke or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

If you have children living in your home or visiting look for fire and burn dangers from their point of view. Never leave lighters or matches where children can reach them.

For additional fire safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.