MADISON (WKOW) -- According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in 2011, and for the entire month of October, officials are reminding everyone to be aware of fire dangers.
The focus of this year's National Fire Prevention Month is kitchen fires.
Here are some steps to prevent fires:
Have properly working smoke alarms
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom
Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month
Install a home sprinkler system
Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them
The City of Madison Fire Department received a federal grant to provide free smoke alarms for 1,000 homes in the City of Madison. Fire fighters have already started the process of installing the alarms, but there are still more alarms available to those who qualify.
To qualify you must own your home, and you must also, be age 65 or older, or have children age five or younger in your home, or someone in the home must have a disability
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