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Home Fire Safety Tips

In order to protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.

Fire is FAST

  • In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening.
  • In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Fire is DARK

  • Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
  • Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep.
  • Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three- to- one ratio.

Fire is HOT

  • Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames.
  • Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.

  • Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries.

Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended.

  • Teach children about the dangers of playing with fire and keep matches/lighters away from them.
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated. If you must smoke, do it responsibly.

Never leave the stove or other fire dangers unattended.

  • Don’t leave hot irons, or burning stovetops and outdoor grills unattended while in use.
  • Double-check that you’ve turned them off after use.

Use fire resistant building materials.

  • When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure you use fire resistant materials on your home.
  • Pay special attention to roofing and siding materials which wrap your entire home.

Clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation.

  • Be sure to regularly clean up and properly dispose of yard waste and other dry or dead vegetation that may present a fire risk.
  • This is especially important during hot or dry months to help you protect you home and surrounding areas from fire.
  • Keep potential fire hazards stored away properly
  • Store firewood and other combustibles away from your home.
  • Keep the lid on your trashcan secured at all times to avoid accidents.
  • Things like paper waste and other types of trash can easily catch fire.

Electrical Wiring

  • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires and loose plugs.
  • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
  • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.

Don’t install deadbolts that lock with an inside key.

  • You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.
  • Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.

Make a fire escape plan for your family.

  • Find two exits out of every room.
  • Pick a meeting place outside.
  • Hold a family fire drill at least twice a year.
  • Make sure your entire family is aware of your fire escape plan
  • Make sure everyone knows how to properly operate your home security system.

Make sure your street address is clearly visible.

  • Be sure your street address is visibly posted so that firefighters can easily identify your home.
  • Displaying your address on your mailbox and your home will help first responders find you quickly.