An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why the Kanab Fire Department, as part of its education and prevention program, is offering free home fire safety inspections to help Kanab residents reduce fire hazards.

 Every year in the United States more than 20,000 people are injured and nearly 4,000 killed in fires. Senior citizens over age 65 and children under age 5 are most at risk for death from fire.

 Don’t let someone you love become a statistic. Schedule your home fire prevention inspection by calling the fire department at 644-2718. Inspections are free to residents within Kanab City limits. For homes outside the city limits, there will be a nominal $20 fee.

 In addition to free inspections, the fire department offers these tips to help safeguard your home and protect those you love:

•Install a smoke detector on every level of your house. Test smoke alarm batteries each month and change them at least once a year. A working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

•Have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.

•Consider installing additional safety devices like Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors and home sprinkler systems too.

•Paint your house number near your front door and/or curb to help emergency responders find your home quickly. The numbers should be at least four inches tall and the writing at least one-half inch thick.

•Hold family fire drills at least twice each year. During those drills, be sure to:

•Teach everyone in the family at least two ways to escape from every room in the house.

•Practice finding your way out of the house crawling and with your eyes closed. Staying low helps keep you below the intense heat and smoke of a fire.

•Pick a meeting place outside the house where the family can gather during an emergency. Select a location that is well-lit if possible and easy for emergency responders to find.

•Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch fire.

 If the unthinkable happens, remember to:

•Escape first, then call 911. Ask a neighbor to call 911 if necessary.

•Never open doors that are hot to the touch or if you see smoke under the door. Use a secondary exit like a window to escape the room instead.

•Get out and stay out. Don’t ever go back into a burning building.

 These safety measures only take a few minutes to practice but will help make sure the people you care about most are safe in a fire emergency. For more tips and ideas on home fire safety, go to the U.S. Fire Administration website at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/.