Home Fire Safety



        Fire is one of the most common disasters and causes more deaths than any other type of disaster.  But fire does not have to be deadly if you take precautions and have an escape plan.  Please be serious about the responsibility of planning for and practicing what to do in case of a fire.  Get together with household members to discuss and finalize a personalized Fire Plan.  Practice your plan frequently.  Here are some guidelines you can use in preparing your emergency plan..
Make your home fire safe
  • Smoke alarms save lives.  Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your residence. If people sleep with doors closed, install smoke alarms inside sleeping areas.    Keep new batteries on hand.
  • Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month.  When necessary, replace batteries immediately.  Replace batteries at least once a year.  Smoke alarms become less sensitive overtime, so replace your smoke alarm every 10 years.
  • Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home.
  • Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure.  If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced.  Get training from the fire department on how to use the fire extinguisher.
  • 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.
  • Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.
Plan your escape routes
  • Draw a floor plan of your home.  Determine at least 2 ways to escape from every room of your home
  • If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
  • Have a plan to escape if bars cover windows.
  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Once you are out, stay out!
  • Know how to call for emergency assistance.
Escape safely
  • If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out.  If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it.  If it is hot, use your second way out.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed.  Signal for help using a bright colored cloth at the window.  If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • Remember - Once you are out, stay out!

You can help protect yourself and your family from the dangers of fire by planning NOW for an emergency.  Be smart - be safe.



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