This week is fire prevention week so we want to discuss fire safety and prevention. Here’s what you need to do.
1. Install Smoke Alarms.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
2. Test The Alarms.
Test your smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries. Replace the batteries at least once a year.
3. Prepare Your Family.
Teach the children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear one. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Ensure all family members know at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and discuss a family meeting spot outside your home.
Create a fire drill at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “FIRE” to alert everyone that they must get out.
5. Create A Communications Plan.
Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all family members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
6. STOP, DROP & ROLL.
Teach this to all family members in the event that their clothes should catch on fire. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
7. If A Fire Occurs…
Get out, stay out, and call for help. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Fire Prevention Tips:
· Keep flammable items at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
· Smoking materials are one of the leading cause of residential fire deaths. If you smoke, take precautions such as smoking outside, use fire-safe cigarettes, never smoke in bed, if someone in the home is using oxygen or when drowsy or medicated.
· Use deep and sturdy ashtrays and wet cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
· Talk to children frequently about the dangers of fire, matches, and lighters. Keep them out of reach.
· Turn off portable heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
· Never leave a burning candle unattended.