Home Fire Prevention Tips

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT FIRES IN YOUR HOME . . .

Smoke Detectors
Install at least one smoke detector outside every bedroom and on every level of your home.
Check the batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year.

Portable Heaters
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.

Safe Cooking Practices
Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as towels, clothing and curtains.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and get training from the fire department in how to use it.

Electricity
Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.
Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.

General Safety Habits
Never smoke in bed.
Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Fire Escape Drills
Plan and practice fire escape routes and make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room.
Have a plan to escape if bars cover windows.
Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice escaping with it.
Teach children that firefighters are their friends, and they will help in case of a fire.
Identify a place outside to meet in case of fire.
Know how to call for emergency assistance.

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FIREā€¦

Using Your Escape Plan
Crawl low, under the smoke.
Feel closed doors with back of your hand. If hot, use another exit. If not hot, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire.
Meet at the designated meeting place outside, and then call for help. Never return to a burning building.

Click here for a HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.