Fire Safety and Protection Tips
||General Fire Safety and Protection Tips
|| Conduct a Family Meeting
|| Be Prepared-Plan Ahead
|| Additional Tips for Fire Safety
Make sure all family members know what to do
in the event of a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least two methods of fire escape in very room. Make a drawing for each floor. Dimensions do not need to be
correct. Make sure the plan shows important details: stairs, hallways and
windows that can be used as fire escape routes.
Test windows and doors-do they open easy enough? Are they
wide enough. Or tall enough?
Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.
Practice alerting other members. It is a good
idea to keep a bell and flashlight in each bedroom.
Conduct a family meeting and discuss the
Always sleep with the bedroom doors closed. This will keep deadly heat and smoke
out of bedrooms, giving you additional time to escape.
Find a way for everyone to sound a family alarm. Yelling, pounding on walls,
whistles, etc. Practice yelling "FIRE!"
In a fire, time is critical. Don't waste time getting dressed, don't search for
pets or valuables. Just get out!
Roll out of bed. Stay low. One breath of smoke or gases may be enough to kill.
Practice evacuating the building
blindfolded. In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke generated
by a fire most likely will make it difficult to see.
Practice staying low to the ground
Feel all doors before opening
them. If a door is hot, get out another way.
Learn to stop, drop to the ground,
roll if clothes catch fire.
Install smoke detectors
Check smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries at least once a
year. Smoke detectors sense abnormal amounts of smoke or invisible combustion
gases in the air. They can detect both smoldering and burning fires. At least
one smoke detector should be installed on every level of a structure. Purchase
smoke detectors labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual
Post emergency numbers near telephones.
Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to
emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the
call to fire authorities from a safe location outside the home.
After a fire emergency
Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously injured victims should be
transported to professional medical help immediately. Stay out of the damaged
building. Return only when fire authorities say it is safe.
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Additional Tips For Fire Safety
Space Heaters Need Space
Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that may burn.
Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to sleep. Children and pets
should always be kept away from them.
Smokers Need To Be Extra Careful
Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy. Carelessly discarded cigarettes are
a leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
Be Careful Cooking
Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear short or tight-fitting
sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so they do
not over-hang the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the
pan and smother the flames, then turn off the burner.
Matches and Lighters are Dangerous
In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be deadly! Store them where
kids can't reach them, preferably in a locked area. Teach children that matches
and lighters are "tools" and should only be used by adults.
Use Electricity Safely
If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have
it repaired. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and don't overload
extension cords. They should not be run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse
box or use the improper size fuse.
Cool a Burn
If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound under cool water for 10 to
15 minutes. If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor immediately!
Be Careful of Halogen Lights
If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and
low ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you leave your home or office.
Fire can engulf a house in 60 seconds!
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