Here is a clever re-post from Erin Hunt Miller, Regional Communications Director at American Red Cross, Central Illinois Region
October! Its a month of spooky stuff, football games and, because it is National Fire Safety Month, fire prevention. I took a very unofficial Red Cross poll of staff and volunteers across the Midwest, and they ranked the following songs as the best fire songs of all time.
10. Rooms on Fire by Stevie Nicks – “Every time that you walk in a room” in your home remember the two ways to escape in case of a fire. Everyone in the family should know this for every room in your home.
9. Fire by the Pointer Sisters – Fire can “have a hold on you right from the start”, so in case of a fire… Get out, stay out and call 9-1-1.
8. I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen – “The Boss” may be on fire, but he doesn’t want you to be. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
7. Fire by Jimi Hendrix – An awesome song to remind you to “stand next to your fire”. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
6. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis – An oldie but a goodie is a great illustration of the unpredictable nature of fire. If your home is on fire, remember that once you are out of the house, do not go back in to retrieve ANYTHING.
5. Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple – The song with (in my opinion) one of the best intro guitar riffs of all time reminds you about the power of smoke. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
4. We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel – Maybe Billy didn’t start the fire, but who could? Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
3. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash – “Love burns, burns, burns like a ring of fire”, and so can potholders, towels, plastic and clothing. So, be sure you keep those items far from the stove while cooking.
2. Light my Fire by The Doors – Where should you “light your fire”? Not indoors because carbon monoxide can kill. So never use a generator, grill, camp stove or charcoal-burning device inside a home, garage, basement or any partially enclosed area.
1. Burning Down the House by The Talking Heads – Fire can quickly burn down the house so make sure your family is notified quickly. Stop reading this post and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms. Do this at least once a year.