Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety
Don’t Let it Go Up in Flames

REC's top priority is safety. That’s why the cooperative advocates for the safety of members and employees. October is National Fire Safety Month and we have important fire prevention tips to
keep you and your family safe. The number of residential house fires has decreased over the years
thanks to in home safety alert systems and devices.

But, it’s still important to be prepared. Smoke detectors should be installed in bedrooms,
outside sleeping areas, and on every floor of the house - including basements and attics.

"The placement of fire detectors is important in the case of an emergency, but you also need to make
sure they work properly," said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC. "To ensure proper functioning, fire detectors should be tested monthly."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire fatalities resulted in homes with no smoke alarms or inoperable smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 11percent of fatal residential fires are the result of an electrical malfunction.

"As a cautionary measure, check plugs and cords to make sure they are not frayed, worn or damaged in any way," added Rozell. “Likewise, lent is highly flammable, so be sure to clean the lent filter of your dryer after every load." The American Red Cross encourages you to coordinate and practice a fire escape
plan. If a fire does occur, get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1. Do not go back inside for anyone or anything.