Fire Safety Tips
Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors can give you precious minutes to escape safely. Install them on every level of your home, especially outside sleeping areas. Test and vacuum detectors on a monthly basis (dust can impair their effectiveness). Change batteries at least once a year.
Plan and Practice an Escape Plan
Plan two ways out of every room. Fire routes should not include the use of elevators. Select a meeting place outside the house where everyone will gather in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Place fire extinguishers at every level of your home, especially the kitchen, basement or garage areas where there's the greatest danger of a chemical or electrical fire. Practice how to use them. Check them monthly to make sure they're in working condition.
Make Sure Your Address is Visible
Your fire department can't help you unless you can be found. Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night.
Crawl Low Under Smoke
If you must get through smoke to escape, stay low. The cleanest air will be 12 to 24 inches above the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees to get to the nearest safe exit. If possible, cover your mouth and nose with a damp handkerchief.
Use Electrical Appliances Safely
Check lamps and ceiling fixtures to make sure wiring is intact. If an appliance smokes or smells, turn it off immediately. Examine electrical cords before use and replace any that are frayed or cracked. Don't overload electrical outlets.
Keep Matches and Lighters Away from Children
Store matches and lighters in places where children can't get to them. Teach children that matches and lighters are dangerous and should not be played with.