Tips for Fire Safety

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Fire safety can prevent the likelihood of a fire that could result in deaths, injuries or property damages. In the event that a fire happens, you should alert everyone in the home and get out quickly. Discuss a plan with your family and teach your children how to dial 911 and when to dial it. You can prevent a fire in your home by following these basic fire safety tips.

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms are critical to early detection of a fire in your house. You should install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in the kitchen and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be checked monthly to make sure they are in working order. Replace your smoke alarms at least every 10 years, even if they still work.

Escape Plan

  • Make an escape plan. Draw out a map of the plan and discuss the plan with your family. Remember that every second counts when you are in a fire, so make your escape plan quick and easy. Practice your escape plan every month. Designate an area outside of your home for your family members to meet.

Electrical Safety

  • Check your electrical appliances and wiring to ensure they are safe and secure. Replace frayed wires and worn out appliance cords. Do not allow children to play around electrical appliances. Keep all materials away from heaters and any hot appliances.

Cooking Safety

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Wear short sleeves and keep your hair pulled back. Clean your kitchen surfaces to prevent grease buildup. Extinguish food fires with baking soda; never use flour or water. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke it is always best if you do it outside. Set your cigarette lighters on low flame. Put your cigarettes out in deep ashtrays. Do not leave cigarettes or pipes unattended. Put your cigarettes out in water or sand. Do not smoke if you have been drinking, are sleepy or under the influence of drugs. Do not smoke in a house where oxygen tanks are used.

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