As National Fire Prevention Month comes to an end we would like to remind everyone of a few simple tips on fire safety.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are the first alert in keeping your family safe. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Each month you should check the smoke alarm to make sure it is working properly. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years after they expire.
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
As spoken about in a previous blog create your family escape plan and practice it regularly. Make sure all family members know what to do in the event of a fire and where your family safe zone is.
In an Emergency, Leave Home Immediately
In the event of a fire, leave your home immediately and dial 911. Always remember once you’re out of the house, stay out.
If You Live in an Apartment
Always know all of your building’s fire escape exits and stairwells. If you pass a fire alarm pull station on the way out, pull the alarm. Knocking on neighbors doors if time allows could also save lives.
If you are Stuck Inside
In the event you cannot safely escape your home or apartment, Gather towels and blankets, wet if possible and cover cracks around the door and any vents in the room. Keep one for yourself to cover your head. Dial 911 and give address and location as to where you are in home. Stay low to the floor and keep a flashlight with you. Never open a door that has not been check. You can check the door by quickly touching door knob and door for heat. Once you hear emergency personnel arrive, yell and signal with your flashlight.
Keep Flammable Materials in Safe Areas
-Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from all objects. Make sure you turn space heaters off when you leave the room.
-All gasoline-powered devices should be stored in well ventilated areas. Store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it.
-Make a habit of placing not only gasoline away but also matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach.
Do Not Over Plug
To prevent possible fires, avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket. Also never use an extension cord to plug in high voltage appliances.