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Oct 12, 2019

A house fire can happen to you. Last year, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to 107,182 incidents. Do you know what to do during a fire?

Some of the leading causes of fire and burns in Las Vegas include:

  • Cooking fires;
  • Electrical-related fires, such as wiring and electrical appliances;
  • Careless smoking, especially in combination with medical oxygen. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires;
  • Candles;
  • Combustible items too close to a heat source, including space heaters and water heaters.

Here are some things you can do to improve your chances during a fire:

 To ensure that people can escape from a fire, they should have a fire escape plan and practice it. The more practice, the better. If you have children or senior citizens in your home, it is especially important to have a plan on how to escape (with two ways out of every room) and practice it.

Install and maintain smoke alarms. They have saved countless lives.  Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides free smoke alarms as well as free installation for those that live in the city (and qualify). For more information, go the Fire & Rescue website, www.lasvegasfire.org, and click on “Smoke Alarm program” for more details.

Conduct a safety inspection in your home. Check for frayed wires, minimize the use of extension cords and make sure combustible items are at least three feet from all heat sources, such as the water heater, stove, furnace, space heaters and the fireplace. Gasoline should never be used or stored in the home. Keep matches and lighters where children cannot get to them. Properly discard smoking material in the toilet to ensure it is extinguished.

For more information, contact Las Vegas Fire & Rescue at 702-383-2888 or visit the website at www.lasvegasfire.org.