Preventing Home Fires
- Install at least one smoke detector outside every bedroom and on every level of your home.
- Check the batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year.
- Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.
- Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.
SAFE COOKING PRACTICES
- Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as towels, clothing and curtains, and plastic.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and get training from the fire department to learn how to use it.
- Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.
GENERAL SAFETY HABITS
- Never smoke in bed.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
FIRE ESCAPE DRILLS
- Plan and practice fire escape routes and make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room.
- Have a plan to escape if bars cover windows.
- Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice escaping with it.
- Teach children that firefighters are their friends, and they will help in case of a fire.
- Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire.
- Know how to call for emergency assistance (Dial 911).
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FIRE
USING YOUR ESCAPE PLAN:
- Crawl low, under the smoke.
- Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit. If not hot, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire.
- Meet at the designated meeting place outside, then call for help. Never return to a burning building.