Horry County Fire Rescue highlights fire prevention week tips

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Capt. Mark Nugent with Horry County Fire Rescue is joining News13 NOW at 9 a.m. during National Fire Prevention Week to talk about ways everyone can work to prevent fires at home.

Tuesday, Nugent  talked about cooking fires, which cause 51% of fires in the U.S. They are the most common cause of fires and fire injuries in Horry County. For tips how to prevent cooking fires, follow this link for a tip sheet from Horry County Fire Rescue. Nugent also covered the importance of a home fire extinguisher and how to maintain and operate it.

On Wednesday, Nugent covered home fire safety inspections. There are several ways to reduce the risk of fire around home – both inside and out. For tips on how to conduct a home fire safety inspection, including a checklist, follow these links:  Tips for Home Fire Safety Inspections and Home Fire Safety Checklist

On Friday, Nugent talked about creating a home escape plan and how to operate and maintain smoke alarms. A guide to creating a home escape plan is also available from Horry County Fire Rescue at the following link:  Creating a Home Escape Plan. HCFR also provides a template for a home escape plan. It can be found here:  Home Escape Plan Template