Fire Safety Tips & Prevention Planning
- Careless Handling of cigarettes is the number one cause of fatal fires. Don't smoke in bed or when drowsy. Use only child resistant lighters.
- Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the house, especially outside sleeping areas. You can install them inside sleeping areas as well. This is a good idea if doors are kept closed.
- Test alarms monthly and install new batteries every six months (Spring and Fall). Do this when you change you clock for daylight savings time. Replace alarms that are 10 years old or older.
- Space heaters and wood stoves need to be at least three feet from anything that could burn. Turn Space heaters off when they are unattended.
- Always have a sturdy metal screen in from of fireplaces. Have both furnace and chimneys inspected annually and cleaned as necessary.
- In the kitchen, turn pot handles inward so they can't be bumped or pulled over. Don't wear loose fitting or flammable clothing.
- Do not plug too many appliances into the same electrical outlet. An overloaded circuit can cause a fire.
- Store flammable liquids and chemicals in a cool, dry place preferably outside the house.
- Regularly clean your clothes dryer venting to prevent accumulated dryer lint from over heating the machine.
- Remove all visible hazards, including stacks of paper, magazines, and trash that may provide fuel for a fire.
- It's wise to place carbon monoxide detectors outside sleeping areas and near the location of the furnace and hot water heater.
BE PREPARED IF A FIRE SHOULD OCCUR:
- Keep a readily accessible fire extinguisher in the kitchen as well as other levels of the home. Familiarize yourself with their operation. Do not try and fight a fire beyond your capabilities, Get everyone out! Call 911 from a neighbors house.
- Have a fire escape ladder available for use from the upper floors.
- Plan at least two possible escape routes for your entire family and make sure that doors and windows needed for escape are unobstructed and easy to open.
- Designate a place to meet outside after escaping and then practice these routes regularly.
- Check with your neighborhood firehouse if you need planning help.