Fire Safety

The following are tips on fire safety and prevention:

  • Identify any risk factors.  It is important to identify the hazards in your area and how to avoid them.
  • Know where the fire exits are and identify escape routes.
  • Keep matches, lighters and candles away from children.
  • Do not leave burning candles unattended and never sleep with candles burning.
  • Remove electrical cords from under rugs and from behind radiators.  Never nail or staple the cord to walls/molding.
  • Do not overload outlets or extension cords.
  • Install a smoke detector alarm on every level including the basement.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least twice a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms at least every 10 years.

If there is a fire, follow the following tips on escaping a fire:

  • Plan alternative escape route in the case that the normal route is blocked by fire and/or smoke.
  • Never use elevators.
  • Feel doorway to check for heat.
  • Know or plan a meeting place outside so you will know everyone is out safe.

If you are trapped by a fire:

  • Get to a room as far from the fire as possible, preferably with a window.
  • Close the door to the room you are in to prevent spread of fire.
  • Cover your mouth with a wet cloth and stay low.
  • Try to block openings where smoke can enter.
  • If you cannot get out, call the fire department with specifics of your location.

If you smell smoke or see a fire, leave the area and if possible, call 911 and/or pull the building fire alarm.  Once outside, remember to stay outside and do not go back in.

Early notification can make all the difference.