Install:Install smoke alarms on every level of your
home and outside all sleeping areas. Make sure everyone knows the
sound of the alarm. Sleep with bedroom doors closed and install
interconnected alarms in the bedrooms so when one sounds, they all
Test alarms once a month and replace their batteries once a year, or
when an alarm "chirps" to tell you its battery is low.
Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old. Replace
smoke alarms that use long-Life (10-year) batteries when the alarm
chirps or fails to respond to periodic testing. The batteries in
these units cannot be replaced
4 Plan Escape:
Make a home fire escape plan and practice
your plan at least twice a year so everyone knows what to do in a
If you must escape through smoke, crawl low on your hands and knees
to your exit, keeping your head one to two feet above the floor
where the air is cleaner.
5 Time Factors:
Studies show that your sense of smell does
function when you sleep. Smoke will not wake you!!
have proven you have
to escape a fire before being incapacated by smoke inhalation.
Don't smoke in bed.
Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Provide
sturdy, deep ashtrays and make sure cigarette butts and ashes are
out before throwing them away. Smoking materials are the leading
cause of fire deaths and the third leading cause of home fire
Inspect electrical cords to make sure they
are not pinched behind furniture, under rugs, or stretched. Replace
cords that are cracked, frayed, have broken plugs, or have loose
connections. Electrical distribution equipment is the fifth leading
cause of home fires and the sixth leading cause of home fire deaths
Keep candles at least one foot away From
anything that can burn and put them out when you leave the room or
go to sleep. From 1990 to 2001 the number of candle fires has almost
Never leave cooking food on the stovetop
unattended and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
Always have a lid nearby to slide over a pan in case of fire.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires-the majority of stovetop
fires happen because of unattended cooking.
Install a carbon monoxide detector. Keep fixed and portable space heaters at
least three feet away from anything that can burn. Heating is the
leading cause of reported, unconfirmed home fires during the winter
months of December, January, and February.
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach
and sight of children - up high in a locked cabinet. Children under
age six are the most likely to start fires while playing with
matches and lighters