Fire Safety

 

Did you know that the #1 cause of home fires is stove fires?  40% of all home fires originate at the stove top.  Even though a stove fire may be small in size, it can fill a home with smoke very quickly.  Smoke inhalation is the #1 cause of fire related deaths. 

 

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before and during a home fire:

 

Simple things to do to prevent and prepare for a fire:

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operational

  • Practice your fire evacuation/exit drill

  • Designate a meeting place where all family members will meet, so you’ll know who has exited safely and who may be in need of assistance by the Fire Department

  • Don’t overload wall outlets or power strips

  • Put glow in the dark tape on doorways, windows and stairs to make them easier to locate in a smoke-filled room

  • Include 1 week of your medications in your emergency evacuation kit

  • Take photos or a video of the contents of your home to make the insurance claims process run more smoothly in case you experience a fire, flood or tornado.

  • If your bedroom is on a 2nd or 3rd floor, consider purchasing a fire escape ladder if you can use it safely.

  • Make sure family members know how to use a fire extinguisher and where they are stored in the house.

Helpful hints should a fire occur:

  • If you can do so safely, grab your emergency evacuation kit on your way out the door.  Plan to strop, drop and roll if necessary. Exit as quickly as possible.

  • If you’re in a room with a closed door, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it.  If the door is hot, don’t open it.

  • If you’re trapped in a room and can’t exit safely, close the door to minimize the smoke, open the window to get fresh air and wave a towel or piece of clothing out the window to assist fire fighters in identifying your location.

  • Your first priority is to get out. You can call the fire department from a neighbor’s house once you are safe.

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