Fire Prevention Tips
Make sure all family members know what to do
in the event of a fire. Draw a floor plan with
at least two ways of escaping every room. Make
a drawing for each floor. Dimensions do not
need to be correct. Make sure the plan shows
important details: stairs, hallways and windows
that can be used as fire escape routes.
Test windows and doorsódo they open easy enough?
Are they wide enough. Or tall enough?
Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.
Practice alerting other members. It is a good idea
to keep a bell and flashlight in each bedroom.
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Conduct a family meeting and discuss the
Always sleep with the bedroom doors closed.
This will keep deadly heat and smoke out of bedrooms,
giving you additional time to escape.
Find a way for everyone to sound a family
alarm. Yelling, pounding on walls, whistles, etc.
Practice yelling "FIRE!"
In a fire, time is critical. Don't waste
time getting dressed, don't search for pets or valuables.
Just get out!
Roll out of bed. Stay low. One breath of
smoke or gases may be enough to kill.
Practice evacuating the building blindfolded.
In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke
generated by a fire most likely will make it
difficult to see.
Practice staying low to the ground when escaping.
Feel all doors before opening them. If a door is hot,
get out another way.
Learn to stop, drop to the ground, roll if
clothes catch fire.
Install smoke detectors
Check smoke detectors once a month and change
the batteries at least once a year. Smoke
detectors sense abnormal amounts of smoke or
invisible combustion gases in the air. They
can detect both smoldering and burning fires.
At least one smoke detector should be installed
on every level of a structure. Purchase smoke
detectors labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories
(UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).
Post emergency numbers near telephones.
Be aware that if a fire threatens your home,
you should not place the call to emergency
services from inside the home. It is better
to get out and place the call to fire
authorities from a safe location outside the home.
After a fire emergency
Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously
injured victims should be transported to
professional medical help immediately. Stay out
of the damaged building. Return only when fire
authorities say it is safe.
Make sure you have a safe fire escape method
for all situations
You may have installed a very expensive home
security system. But if you cannot escape the
burning structure you have a false level of confidence.
Space Heaters Need Space
Keep portable and space heaters at least
3 feet from anything that may burn. Never
leave heaters on when you leave home or go
to sleep. Children and pets should always
be kept away from them.
Smokers Need To Be Extra Careful
Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy.
Carelessly discarded cigarettes are a
leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
Be Careful Cooking
Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and
wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you
cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned
inward so they do not over-hang the stove.
If grease catches fire, carefully slide a
lid over the pan and smother the flames,
then turn off the burner.
Matches and Lighters are Dangerous
In the hands of a child, matches and lighters
can be deadly! Store them where kids can't
reach them, preferably in a locked area.
Teach children that matches and lighters
are "tools" and should only be used by adults.
Use Electricity Safely
If an appliance smokes or has an unusual
smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired.
Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and
don't overload extension cords. They should not
be run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse
box or use the improper size fuse.
Cool a Burn
If someone gets burned, immediately place
the wound under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes.
If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor
Be Careful of Halogen Lights
If you have halogen lights, make sure they
are away from flammable drapes and low
ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you
leave your home or office.
Fire can engulf a house in 60 seconds!
Make sure you have a safe and quick method of escape!
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