Topic: Fire Prevention
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience that Fire prevention is very important and a simple task to execute.
Central Idea: Fire destroys many homes and property each year, but with a few simple steps, fire prevention and survival can be done.
You are laying in your bed sound asleep; all the sudden you are awaken by the smell smoke and hear a faint beeping noise in the other room. You spring out of bed to check out what is happening. You run into the next room and the house is filled with smoke and you see fire. What are first thoughts? Where are my kids, pets? All these questions fill a person’s mind if this has ever happened to you. Today I would like to inform you about a few simple tips that can save your life and property from fire.
Connective: Let’s start with some information on fire statistics.
I. The US has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world.
a) In 2010, U.S fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and 6.9 billion in direct damage.
b) Each year fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
c) Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. Kitchen
d) Only 4% of home fires start in other rooms of the house.
e) Home structure fires peak around dinner time between 5pm and 8pm
f) Careless smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
g) Almost 62% of reported home fire deaths resulted from homes with no smoke alarms or non-working alarms.
Connective: Now that you know a little about the statistics, let’s talk about some prevention tips.
II. Helpful and simple fire prevention tips
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....