Home Fire Safety Tips
In observation of Fire Prevention Week last week (Oct 7-13), we wanted to post some helpful facts/tips to prevent home fires.
- “Keep an eye on what you fry.” Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.
- “3 feet from the heat.” Furniture, curtains, dish towels and anything that could catch fire should be kept at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Make sure all large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets.
- Matches and lighters should be locked away.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Different types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric, detect fire in different ways. Experts recommend having both types in your home.
- Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
- Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
- At least twice a year, use your home fire escape plan to practice your 2-minute drill with all your family members. Practice makes perfect! After each fire drill, mark down your escape time.
- Try to find at least two exits that can be used to get out of every room.
- Make sure everyone can escape in 2 minutes or less, and try to find at least two exits that can be used to get out of every room.
Source: American Red Cross