Fire Prevention Tips:About Fire Safety & Prevention
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 65 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.Be Red Cross Ready
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help
. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.Get out fast!
When you hear the loud beep of the smoke alarm, get out of the house. Never hide or take time to grab your belongings or pets.
Follow your escape plan. After all, you've been practicing!
Feel a door before you open it. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
Stay low to the floor. Since smoke rises, the safest air for breathing is down low.
Call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Be sure to do this after you get out of the house.
Remember: Only call 9-1-1 if there is a real emergency. Stay out! Once you're out, stay out. Don't go back for anything!
Be Prepared, Plan Ahead
- Practice evacuating the building blindfolded. In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke generated by a fire most likely will make it difficult to see.
- Practice staying low to the ground when escaping.
- Feel all doors before opening them. If a door is hot, get out another way.
- Learn to stop, drop to the ground, roll if clothes catch fire.
- Install smoke detectors
- Post emergency numbers near telephones
- Make sure you have a safe fire escape method for all situations
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