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Allstate Helps New Yorkers Prevent Fires Before They Happen During Fire Prevention Week

Allstate Helps New Yorkers Prevent Fires Before They Happen During Fire Prevention Week

House engulfed in fire.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (Oct. 3, 2016) – For most, fire safety was a subject they learned about in grade school, but somewhere along the way, the knowledge gets pushed aside. The National Fire Protection Association recognizes the week of Oct. 9 as National Fire Prevention Week, and Allstate Insurance Company wants to make sure all New Yorkers do whatever they can to prevent a fire from happening.

Tips for preventing a fire before it starts:

  • Don’t overload outlets by using multiple plug extenders or extension cords.
  • Use a certified, surge-protected power strip and stick to recommended wattages.
  • Never run electrical wires or extension cords under carpets or heavy items.
  • Make sure electrical cords are not worn or frayed.
  • Avoid using candles, but if you do, never leave them unattended and be sure to place them in a secure holder away from flammables and linens.
  • Cook only where it is allowed, keeping the area clean, and never leave unattended.
  • Do not smoke inside your room (especially in bed). Instead go outside and, when finished, make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished.
  • Drink responsibly! There is a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths – not only can it impair your judgment; it can also hamper your ability to escape.
  • Make an escape plan, identifying at least two escape routes from your room, if possible. Learn the building’s emergency exits and don’t ignore fire drills. Student apathy can be a major problem with quick and efficient evacuation.

Visit Allstate Be Aware and Prepare and the National Fire Protection Association for more helpful information.

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 230,000 hours of service across the country.