Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

December 01 2014

If a fire breaks out in your home, you may only have a few minutes to get out safely. It is extremely important that you know what to do and where to go if there’s a fire. Escape planning can mean the difference between life and death. Plan Ahead!  

If the Alarms Sounds: 

  • Get out and stay out
  • Never go back inside for people or pets
  • If there is smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out
  • Call the fire department from outside your home 

 

7 Safety Tips:

  1. Make a home escape plan. Create a map of your home showing all doors and window and discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  2. If possible, know at least two ways out of each room. Ensure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  3. Establish an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  5. Practice using different ways out.
  6. Teach your children how to escape on their own incase you can’t help them.
  7. Close doors behind you as you leave

 

Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Never leave food unattended on a stove.
  • Keep cooking areas free of flammable objects (such as, potholders and towels).
  • Avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Never smoke in bed or leave burning cigarettes unattended.
  • Do not empty smoldering ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Never place portable space heaters near flammable materials (such as, drapery).
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children. Store them up high, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of the home, including the basement, and particularly near rooms in which people sleep.
  • Use long-life smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons, which allow persons to stop false alarms quickly.
  • Test all smoke alarms every month to ensure they work properly.
  • Devise a family fire escape plan and practice it every 6 months.