Home Fire Safety Measures

December 20, 2019

fire extinguisher on the fire escape in the building.

Prevention is the best way to protect your family from fire. However, in the event of a fire, preparation becomes the key to making certain your family responds appropriately and safely. Read these fire safety measures to be sure you’re prepared in the event of fire.



Smoke Alarms & Heat Detectors

  • Make sure your home is equipped with enough smoke alarms and heat detectors to provide early detection of a fire so that your family has enough time to escape safely.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Place several fire extinguishers throughout your home, in accessible locations.
  • Make sure that family members know where all fire extinguishers are located.
  • Discuss how to use extinguishers with family members, so that they are prepared.
  • Make sure extinguishers are listed as “A, B, C” so that they are safe for all types of fires. (An extinguisher labeled “A” only will not be effective on a grease or electrical fire, and will only cause the fire to spread more quickly.)

Sprinkler Systems

  • Consider installing sprinkler systems when building or remodeling.

Safety Plan

  • Plan at least two escape routes from each room.
  • Establish a family meeting place outside the home for everyone to gather in the case of a fire.
  • Practice fire drills, especially for young children. Provide instruction as follows:
    • Crawl on the floor – heat and smoke rise.
    • Don’t open any door without first feeling it for heat. Never touch the handle, as it may be extremely hot. If the door is hot, don’t open it; use an alternative exit route.
    • Go directly to the prearranged meeting place.
    • Never return into a burning building to retrieve toys, pets, etc.

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