Are you ready for a fire? Following these basic safety tips every day will ensure your family’s safety all year round.
- Keep fire extinguishers handy
- Design a fire escape plan
- Learn first aid for burns
- Keep matches away from children
- Practice home fire drills
- Check smoke detectors regularly
- NEVER smoke in bed
- Know two exits from every room
- Teach STOP, DROP and ROLL
- Post emergency numbers by every phone
- Store flammable liquids properly
- Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees F
- Crawl low in smoke
- Replace damaged electrical cords
Plan your escape routes
- Determine at least two ways to escape from every room in your home.
- If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
- Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
- Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
- Once you are out, stay out!
- If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
- If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.
If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.