How to prepare for a fire
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence: outside bedrooms, on top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen. Test and clean smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.
- Create an escape plan that includes two escape routes from every room in the house, and walk through the routes with your entire family.
- Make sure windows aren’t sealed or painted shut. Consider escape ladders for houses with more than one level.
- Teach household members how to stay low to the floor when escaping from a fire.
- Designate a place outside your home for a meeting place.
- Clean out storage areas – don’t let newspapers and trash stack up.
- Check electrical wiring and extension cords. Fix frayed or exposed wire.
- Check heating sources: furnaces, stoves, and chimneys.
- Never use gasoline or similar liquids indoors.
During a Fire
- Use water or a fire extinguisher to put out small fires. Do not try to put out a fire that is getting out of control.
- Never use water on an electrical fire – use only a fire extinguisher approved for electrical fires.
- Smother oil and grease fires with baking soda or salt, or put a lid over the flame if it is burning in a pan – do not attempt to take the pan outside.
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