Create and practice a family escape plan! Ensure you have two ways out of every room and have a meeting place. Check your smoke detectors every month and replace the batteries twice a year or when needed. Speak to your children about fire safety and prevention.
For further assistance please see your local fire department.
FIRE SAFETY FACTS
Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured in fires, and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Eighty three percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences. Many of these fires could have been prevented.
Cooking is the third leading cause of fire deaths and the leading cause of injury among people ages 65 and older.
Direct loss due to fires is estimated at nearly $8.6 billion annually.
FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
•Install smoke alarms. Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by
•Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
•Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
•Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke
alarms once every 10 years.
•Never leave cooking unattended.
•Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
•Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames
•Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
ESCAPING THE FIRE
•Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family.
•Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
•Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a fire.
•In high-rise, never lock fire exits or doorways, halls or stairways. Never prop stairway or other fire
•Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials.
•Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.
MATCHES/LIGHTERS AND SMOKING
•Keep matches/lighters away from children.
•Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.
•If you must smoke, do it responsibly.
•Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs
•Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
•Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
•Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
ASK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO INSPECT YOUR HOME FOR FIRE SAFETY AND