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.
- 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.