There are many informational resources available to enhance your safety and protection. Utilize these resources, and remember, in the event of an emergency dialing 9-1-1 is always the fastest, most direct way to receive help.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Each level of the house should have a smoke alarm. Test the batteries monthly and change them twice a year, preferable when time changes for Daylight Savings Time.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street so that emergency services can see it easily.
- Try to have two or more exits from every room. Windows should open easily.
- Have a fire escape ladder in a two-story house.
- Do not store gas, propane or other flammable liquids in dwellings, including attached garages.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
- Keep fire extinguishers and chimney flares handy and know how to use them.
- Have a fire escape plan and stage drills to practice it. Have a designated meeting place when you get outside of the house so that you can account for everyone. This keeps firefighters or others from needlessly entering a structure to look for victims who aren’t in any danger.
- Sleep with bedroom doors closed to help keep smoke and fire from spreading.
- If a smoke alarm goes off, roll out of bed and stay close to the floor.
- Crawl to the door and see if it is warm to the touch. If it is warm escape through a window.
- If your clothing catches fire, DO NOT RUN! Stop, drop and roll! Cover your face with your hands. Use a blanket or a heavy coat to smother fire on another person’s clothes.
- Once outside, stay outside! Do not go back inside for anything, including pets. They usually find their own way out.
- Make sure your children are familiar with fire safety and their escape routes in the event of an emergency.