Following a tragic fire in Stamford, Connecticut on Christmas morning 2011 that took five lives, the Los Angeles Fire Department is asking homeowners to develop two simple habits that can prevent such senseless deaths.
WTNH-TV's Annie Rourke tells us more about the fire....
The LAFD says you need to...
Learn How To Safely Handle Fireplace Ashes:
Los Angeles Firefighters emphasize that fireplace ashes must always be handled with care. After cooling thoroughly in the fireplace, ashes should be placed directly into a metal can and soaked completely with water. No other items should be placed in the can. The metal can must be immediately covered with its own tight-fitting non-combustible lid. The closed container should then be stored at a safe outdoor location away from any structure or combustible items.Test Your Smoke Alarms at least Once Per Month:
smoke alarm inside each sleeping room and in the hallway adjacent to such rooms. A functional smoke alarm should also be installed at the top of any stairwell leading to sleeping areas, and on every level of the home. To assure the alarms are working, they should be tested at least once each month. A great way to remember this test is to sign up for LAFD's free once-a-month reminder on Twitter @SmokeAlarmMore than 3,000 Americans die each year from fire - often in preventable blazes like Stamford. Prevent you and your loved ones from becoming a statistic by learning more at:
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department