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Basic fire safety is underestimated by most homes and businesses. Many people assume that a simple smoke detector will suffice and then forget about fire hazards. Some people don't even change the batteries in their detectors so they become useless. The U.S. Fire Administration reported that from 2001-2004 there were 452 civilian deaths from fires in homes with smoke detectors, underlining the importance of staying current with all your safety measures.

Functioning smoke detectors are an important part of your safety plan, but families need to do much more. The most important thing to do is teach children a plan in case of a fire. This includes teaching techniques such as "stop, drop, and roll," staying under smoke, and feeling doors for heat before opening them. It is also imperative to have an evacuation plan and a meeting place where family members can go once they escape from a fire.

Other important tips include having a fire extinguisher in the house and making sure that it hasn't expired. Another aspect you should pay attention to is called separation and containment. Separation means keeping flammable materials away from fire hazards. For instance, it's a bad idea to store paint or turpentine in the same room as a furnace. Containment involves having ways to keep the fire from spreading. Keeping fire hazards in separate rooms with fireproof doors can mean potential fires won't spread to other areas of the house. At the very least, containment will give family members more time to escape before becoming trapped.

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