Home Fire Safety
There are many things that can be done to ensure safety at home from a fire. The following are some of the ways to protect yourself from becoming an unnecessary victim.
Be sure your home has:
- At least one operating smoke detector
- A working fire extinguisher
- Regular chimney cleaning to prevent chimney fires
- Proper ash trays for smokers
- A metal container to empty fireplace ashes
Make sure you and your family have determined:
- An escape plan with two different ways out
- Someone assigned to call 911
- Someone assigned to help those that need help getting out
- A meeting place for everyone once they are outside
- Practice fire drills regularly using your escape plan!
Things to remember when cooking:
- Never leave the stove/oven unattended
- Wear clothes without excess material that could catch fire
- Keep lids on all pots and pans being used
- Keep the cooking area clear of flammable materials
- Keep pot and pan handles facing inward on the stove
- Keep small children away from the area while in use
Things to remember about electricity:
- Avoid using extension cords wherever possible
- Never run extension cords under rugs or carpeting
- Replace any frayed or cracked extension cords
- Do not tamper with your fuse box or use incorrect fuses
- Immediately unplug any electrical appliance that smokes or has an unusual smell, and don’t use it until checked or repaired.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable
What to do if you have a fire
- Crawl low under the smoke.
- Before opening, feel doors with the back of your hand for heat.
- Open doors slowly and be ready to close them if fire is on the other side.
- Close any doors you safely can as you are leaving.
- DON’T GO BACK IN FOR ANY REASON ONCE OUT OF THE BUILDING!
- Exit as quickly and safely as possible.
- Once outside, find a phone and call 911 to report the fire.
If your clothes catch on fire: STOP, DROP and ROLL (while covering your face with your hands) until the fire is extinguished.
Provide any important information to the fire department that you can, including:
- Where the fire is located inside the building
- If anyone is still in the house or building and where they might be located
- Any hazards that might be in the house or building