Safety & Security

October is National Fire Prevention Month

Practice fire safety and prevention

Electrical malfunctions are the cause of more than 7% of all residential fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. While the percentage is low, we want all members to be prepared and safe in the event of a fire.

PEC’s Safety Department recommends these helpful tips to prevent fires and stay safe.

  • Keep flammable items away from sources of heat like your stove or oven.
  • Unplug electronics when you’re finished using them. This includes things like irons, hair-styling tools, coffee pots, and more.
  • Check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they’re in good working condition.
  • Plan and practice your escape. Know escape routes if a fire should break out, and be sure everyone understands how to escape safely.
  • Designate a spot to meet after escaping should a fire occur.

If a fire does occur, act.   

  • Get out and don’t attempt to reenter the building or home.
  • If you are surrounded by smoke, drop low to the ground, and go under the smoke to make your way out.
  • Call the fire department once you have safely escaped the fire.

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