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.