Specific Purpose: To inform my audience that fire prevention is simple, and not time Central Idea: Fire destroys many homes and live, but if one takes a few simple steps, prevention and survival of a fire can be done. Have you ever been woke up by a fire truck screaming down your street?

I. The U.S. has one of the highs fire death rates in the industrialized world.
A. In 1997, for ever million in population, 15.2 people died in fires
B. Between 1993 and 1997
1. 4,500 Americans lost their lives and an additional 26,500 were injured as a
result of fire.
2. About 100 firefighters were killed in duty-related incidents.
3. Each year, fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
4. About 2 million fires are reported each year, many more go unreported.
5. Estimated direct property loss is $8.5 billion annually.
C. Residential fires represent 23% of all fires.
1. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.
2. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths, followed by heating
failure, and arson.

(transition: We all know the destructive force of what a fire can do, and
I’ve only mentioned a few. Simple careless mistakes can start a fire,
but its even easier to prevent a fire)

II. Here are a few helpful hints
A. If you have electric space heaters
1 Don’t use an extension cord on space heaters
2. Unplug heaters when they are not being used
3. Keep heaters away from furniture and curtains.
4. Don’t dry your clothes, gloves, or other items on a space heater.
B. When thinking about electrical wiring
1. replace worn cords
2. don’t run cords under rugs
3. don’t overload outlets
C. Smoke Alarms!!!
1. Check once a month
2. Change batteries twice a year

(Transition: In the event of a fire, having a properly planned escape
procedure can be the difference between life and death)

III. Time is the biggest enemy
A. Every second counts
B. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of...

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