General Home Fire Safety

Home Fires 

Fire safety preparation for the home is easy.  Simple steps to take include developing a fire escape plan for your family, and educating family members, including children, about safe evacuation. Additionally, be sure to include pets in your family fire escape plan.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives.
"Almost two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms." -
www.nfpa.org  

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button.

Replace batteries on all smoke alarms at least once a year.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm (CO)

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button.

If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.

Fire Extinguishers

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.

Safety Tips

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke
Remember portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely

To operate a fire extinguisher remember the word PASS 
    Pull the pin 
    Aim low and point the extinguisher at the base of the fire 
    Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly 
    Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when using the device so you can make an easy escape if necessary.


Children and Fire Safety

Kids should be taught

If fire/medical emergency -911, Kids need to learn address and phone number.

What smoke alarm sounds like (show smoke detector).

House on fire-get out stay out –go to a neighbor to call 911. 

Smoke in house crawl-get low & go.

Pre-planning, know 2 ways out, practice (2x year), choose meeting place-never –ever go back in

Clothes on fire-stop drop & roll.

Find matches/lighter-give to teacher-parent.

Home Safety For People With Disabilities
Include everyone in planning and practicing home fire drills. People with disabilities can provide input on the best methods for them to escape.

Keep a phone by your bed for emergency calls in case you become trapped and are unable to escape.

Smoke alarms and alert devices, called accessories, are available for people who are deaf. Strobe lights throughout the home are activated by smoke alarms and alert people who are deaf to fire conditions.

Smoke alarm alert devices, called accessories, are available for people who are hard of hearing. These accessories produce a loud, mixed low-pitched sound. This equipment is activated by the sound of the smoke alarm and is usually installed next to the bed. People who are deaf may find that a pillow or bed shaker is also helpful to wake them.


 

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