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 Home Fire Safety - Helpful Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe

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October is Fire Prevention Month and below are reminders regarding important tips for home fire safety.

Practice good housekeeping in your home.

  • Clutter contributes to fire risk by providing fuel and preventing access to exits.

Install one smoke detector on each level of your home. 
  • These should be located outside of the doors to sleeping areas and at the top of stairwells, where smoke tends to accumulate first. Be sure to change the battery twice each year at the time changes for daylight light savings time. Residential smoke detectors should also be replaced every 8-10 years.

Install Carbon Monoxide detectors in each sleeping area of your home.
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning is caused by faulty or defective furnaces, wood burning stoves, water heaters, gas ovens or any other device in the home the burns a fossil fuel. Consider having your home heating system inspected annually.

Maintain one functional dry chemical fire extinguisher on each level of your home and conduct home fire drills.  E.D.I.T.H.: Exit Drill In The Home.
  • The best plans have two ways to get out of each room. If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A secondary route might be a window onto an adjacent roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows. Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.

What to do should a fire occur:  

Immediately Leave The Home
  • When a fire occurs, do not waste any time saving property. Take the safest exit route, but if you must escape through smoke, remember to crawl low, under the smoke and keep your mouth covered.

Designate A Meeting Place Outside and Take Attendance
  • Designate a meeting location away from the home. For example, meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk to make sure everyone has gotten out safely. 
           
Once Out, Stay Out
  • Remember to escape first, then notify the fire department using the 911 system or proper local emergency number in your area. Never go back into a burning building for any reason. Teach children not to hide from firefighters. If someone is missing, tell the firefighters. They are equipped to perform rescues safely.

Remember, nothing is more important than the safety and well being of you and your family.
 
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10/14/2013 12:00 AM