A Time to Act - transcript

[Announcer] CDC-TV Presents Health Matters
[Katrina Thornton] One minute it was just, like a little flame on, on the wall – where the outlet
was – and the next thing you know it was busting out windows in the back!
[Announcer] Firefighters say that Katrina Thornton and her children are examples of how to
keep your family safe in the event of a fire. Everyone did get out safely after fire hit their home.
It happened just days after the fire department installed two smoke alarms during a safety
[Shane Diekman] Residential fires are a public health problem that affects many people;
fortunately many residential fires are preventable.
[Lavon Cooper] People think it won’t happen to me, it can’t happen to me, it’s going to happen
to somebody down the road, but reality is, eighty-percent of fires occur in the home.
[Shane Diekman] Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries in the home.
[Shane Diekman] If you’re cooking be sure that you’re close to the stove. It’s very easy to
become distracted or to stop paying attention while you’re cooking, which is the leading cause of
cooking fires.
[Lavon Cooper] Smoking is the number one cause of fire deaths around the nation.
[Shane Diekman] CDC recommends that if you’re a smoker, that you attempt to quit smoking. If
you are going to smoke, you should smoke outside. Also, never smoke if you are under the
influence of alcohol, medications, or if you’re tired.
[Shane Diekman] One in four fire home deaths are caused by smoking materials.
[Shane Diekman] If you’re smoking it’s important that you use an ash tray that is deep, that is
sturdy, and it’s also on a balanced and level surface.
[Shane Diekman] The toxic gases and dark smoke that can result from a fire is a bigger problem
than many people realize.
[Capt. Eric Jackson] Someone can virtually be overcome by smoke in just a matter of minutes!
[Lavon Cooper] Fire really does multiply itself really quickly; the toxic gases spread really
quickly and they fill up the area.
[Shane Diekman] In fact, in as quickly as 30 seconds a room can fill up this type of smoke.
[Lavon Cooper] Smoke alarms save lives. It doubles your chance of surviving a fire to have
working smoke alarms installed in your house.
[Capt. Eric Jackson] And not just having a smoke alarm but having a smoke alarm that is, been
installed and that is tested once a month to make sure that it’s working.
[Shane Diekman] CDC recommends that you have smoke alarms on every level of the home
including the basement. You should also have smoke alarms outside of sleeping areas.
[Shane Diekman] For better protection CDC also recommends that you have smoke alarms
inside of every sleeping area, especially if it’s occupied by a smoker.
[Capt. Eric Jackson] Fire prevention means having a fire escape plan and not just having the plan
on paper magnetized to a refrigerator but actually sitting down at the table and having a family
planning meeting…
[Father] If you can get downstairs, that’s the best thing to do, and you run right out the front
[Capt. Eric Jackson] …about how we’re going to get out of our home in the event that a fire
[Shane Diekman] CDC and experts in the fire protection field recommends that you practice
you’re fire escape plan at least twice a year.
[Capt. Eric Jackson] That’s something that increases your chances of getting out – and for us –
that’s a success story!

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