Important Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

 

  1. Have working smoke alarms in your home:

    1. Inside every bedroom

    2. Outside of every bedroom

    3. On every level of your home (including basements and attics).

  2. Test all smoke alarms at least monthly, and change the batteries when you change the clocks.

  3. Create a fire escape plan:

    1. Make sure that children know what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear the sound of smoke alarms

    2. Know and teach two ways out of every room

    3. Touch doors with the back of your hand – if it’s hot don’t go, use a second way out

    4. Stay low in smoke

    5. Have a meeting place outside

    6. Call 911 from outside the home

    7. Practice your plan frequently, especially with children and elderly in the home!

  4. Never leave the stove unattended when cooking!

  5. Have all home heating equipment checked by qualified personnel before using, and keep all combustibles at least 3’ away from heating equipment.

  6. If you use candles, never leave them unattended or near combustibles, and always double check that they are extinguished.

  7. Matches and lighters are tools for adults, not toys for children! Please keep these items out of reach of children. Educate children to the dangers of fire and the importance of knowing what to do if fire occurs.

  8. If you must smoke do it responsibly. Make sure all smoking materials are extinguished completely and properly (deep ashtrays and covered with water), and NEVER smoke in bed or when tired!

  9. Have working carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and test detectors monthly.

  10. Be a good neighbor and watch out for each other. Report any fire, smoke, gas odors or suspicious activity immediately to 911.

     

Fire strikes without warning and without mercy. Fire is powerful, ferocious and spreads very fast. The need to be prepared before a fire happens is critically important!! The sooner you’re aware of a fire, the sooner you can react to alert others, escape and call 911. 

 

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