Home Fire Safety

 

There are many things that can be done to ensure safety at home from a fire. The following are some of the ways to protect yourself from becoming an unnecessary victim.

 

Be sure your home has:

  • At least one operating smoke detector on each level of the house
  • At least one working fire extinguisher
  • Regular chimney cleaning to prevent chimney fires
  • Proper ash trays for smokers
  • A metal container to empty fireplace ashes
 

Make sure you and your family have determined:

  • An escape plan with two different ways out
  • Someone assigned to call 911
  • Someone assigned to help those that need help getting out
  • A meeting place for everyone once they are outside
 

Practice fire drills regularly using your escape plan!

 

Things to remember when cooking:

  • Never leave the stove/oven unattended
  • Wear clothes without excess material that could catch fire
  • Keep lids on all pots and pans being used
  • Keep the cooking area clear of flammable materials
  • Keep pot and pan handles facing inward on the stove
  • Keep small children away from the area while in use
 

Things to remember about electricity:

  • Avoid using extension cords wherever possible
  • Never run extension cords under rugs or carpeting
  • Replace any frayed or cracked extension cords
  • Do not tamper with your fuse box or use incorrect fuses
  • Immediately unplug any electrical appliance that smokes or has an unusual smell, and don't use it until checked or repaired.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable
 

What to do if you have a fire:

  • 1. Crawl low under the smoke.
  • 2. Before opening, feel doors with the back of your hand for heat.
  • 3. Open doors slowly and be ready to close them if fire is on the other side.
  • 4. Close any doors you safely can as you are leaving.
  • 5. DON'T GO BACK IN FOR ANY REASON ONCE OUT OF THE BUILDING!
  • 6. Exit as quickly and safely as possible.
  • 7. Once outside, find a phone and call 911 to report the fire.
 

Provide any important information to the fire department that you can, including:

  • Where the fire is located inside the building
  • If anyone is still in the house or building and where they might be located
  • Any hazards that might be in the house or building
 
Check out the NFPA Fire Safety Information Page!
 

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