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Fire Safety Tips For Your Home
Posted On: Dec 11, 2007

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

From the USFA "Tribute to Heroes" campaign

SMOKE ALARMS

Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries at least once every year.

Consider buying a lithium battery powered smoke alarm, which may last up to ten years with no battery change.

Install smoke alarms away from air vents.

Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or wall, at least 4 inches from corners.

When affixed to walls, smoke alarms should be between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling.

Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries.

Have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside bedrooms.

ESCAPE PLANNING

Develop a fire escape plan with your household and practice often.

Know two ways to exit from every room in your home.

Make sure safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.

Crawl low, under smoke.

Feel closed doors. If hot, use another exit.

Identify a place to meet household members outside. Never re-enter a burning building.

Escape first and then call for emergency assistance.

FIRE SAFETY WALK THROUGH

Keep clothes, blankets, curtains and other combustibles at least three feet from space heaters.

Place space heaters where they will not tip over easily.

Have chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a professional.

Clear the area around the hearth of debris, flammables and decorative materials.

Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces and leave glass doors open while burning a fire.

Keep clothes, towels and other combustibles away from stove burners.

Never leave cooking unattended.

Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed.

Check for frayed wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.

Never overload electrical sockets.

Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Never leave cigarettes unattended.

Never smoke in bed.

Thank you for helping the U.S. Fire Administration to work for a

fire safe America and protect the heroes that protect our lives. For

more fire safety tips and information please explore our

website: www.usfa.fema.gov


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