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.
- 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.)
- Consider installing sprinkler systems when building or remodeling.
- 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.