Fire Safety

Smoke Alarms

Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms should be installed near bedrooms to alert you to smoke conditions when you are sleeping and most vulnerable. Smoke alarms should be tested (most have a TEST button) regularly to make sure they are working properly. Be sure to change batteries at least once a year, but preferably when you turn the clocks in the spring and fall. Make sure that all smoke alarms are kept free of dust; a quick once over with the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner often does the trick.

Home Escape Plan

Every family should have a firm plan of escape from the home in case of fire. Draw a map of the home showing escape routes from every room; have alternate routes from every room if possible. Discuss the plan with the family and hold periodic fire drills, including practice of crawling low to the floor to get the best breathing air. Talk about safety procedures like checking closed doors for heat before opening. Set a safe meeting place away from the house where the family can gather to assure everyone is out. Having a plan is good; having a plan that everyone knows and has practiced is better!

Fire Prevention

Conduct an inspection of your home. Make a list of fire and safety hazards. Discuss these with the family and talk about ways to eliminate the risks.

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