Fire Prevention

by: Ethan Spanja

Why do we need to learn about how to prevent fires?

There are still a lot of people who are not very well educated on how to prevent fires before and after they start. In 2012, 40% of outside fires were caused unintentionally, 35.4% of vehicle fires were caused unintentionally, 13.1% of fatal residential building fires were caused unintentionally or by carelessness, and 8.1% of residential building fires were caused unintentionally or by carelessness. By this data, a lot of people still need to learn fire prevention. Only 3006 people died in total of all fires that year, -20.6% down from 2002.

5 Steps to help 2nd degree burns

1. cool the burn: hold the burn under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes

2. cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage: reduces pain, keeps air off of the burn, and protects the burn

3. take an over the counter pain reliever. talk to your doctor about what pain reliever to use.

4. don't use ice.putting ice on the wound can cause the body to get too cold and damage the wound further.

5. don't break blisters. this can lead to infections.

Summary:

Fires take lives, pose a threat to us, and cause billions of dollars in damage. All americans can protect themselves from fires, and President Obama encourages us to. The nation has suffered through many wildfires this year. and if you move all vegetation away from homes, it will prevent wildfires drastically. We owe a great debt to all of our fire fighters. Now, on october 5th through october 11th, fire prevention week.