Following some basic tips can save you and your family, or prevent fires from occurring in the first place…
- Ensure that all Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are functioning (by testing them monthly), and have good batteries (it is recommended you change the batteries when you change your clocks twice a year).
- It is also important to note that Smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years of use, and Carbon Monoxide detectors after 7 years depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Have a family escape plan and meeting point so if a fire or other event occurs everyone gets out safely and is accounted for, and PRACTICE them regularly, just like fire drills at school.
- In the event of a fire do not attempt to go search and rescue pets, animals are very tough creatures and usually can find their own ways out.
- Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless killer. Ensure that all equipment having a pilot light (furnace, water heater, stove/oven, dryer, etc.) are maintained, as well as having at least one CO detector outside bedrooms and preferably having one on every level of your home.
- Use care when cooking to ensure that accidental fires do not occur (and never use water on a grease fire)
- Ensure that all fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and their chimneys are maintained and cleaned regularly, and are not left unattended when you have a fire in them.
- Clean the lint out of dryers and their duct work often, as it accumulates quickly and is a major cause of starting fires.
For more Fire Safety education and materials please visit some of the websites listed below.
Links of Interest
For the Whole Family:
FireSafety.gov – A federal government website with helpful information about home fire safety.
l – Home Fire Safety Tips from the non-profit Home Safety Council
USFA for Kids – The US Fire Administration’s Fire Safety website for kids.
Sparky the Fire Dog – Fire Safety for Kids site by the NFPA.
How to Properly Dial 911 – Tips for Kids (and Adults) for the proper ways of dialing 911.