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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fire Prevention Tips #2

Smoke Detectors
  • place smoke detectors near each bedroom on every floor
  • test the batteries monthly
  • keep smoke detectors away from air vents
  • place smoke detectors at least four to six inches away from walls and corners
Electrical Wiring
  • check appliances for frayed or cracked electrical cables
  • do not place electrical cables under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas
  • avoid overloading outlets.  make sure they stay cool to the touch
  • keep covers over electrical plates and avoid exposed wiring.
Electric Space Heaters
  • plug directly into the wall outlet not an extension cord
  • unplug heaters when they are not being used
Children and Fire Prevention
  • keep matches and lighters away from children
  • teach kids how to dial 911
  • place safety plugs in all unused electrical outlets
Safe Smoking Habits
  • never smoke in bed
  • keep ashtrays away from combustible material
  • do not leave burning cigarettes unattended
Fire Safety Devices
  • keep a fire extinguisher handy, especially in the kitchen
  • consider installing residential fire sprinklers
Home Fire Escape Plan
  • Make evacuation plans from your home and your neighborhood
  • plan several routes in case the fire blocks others
  • develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from one another during the fire
  • ask an out of state friend or family member to be the emergency contact.  make sure everyone knows the name, phone number and address of this contact
  • make sure all family members know these plans
  • practice the plan every six months
  • identify an outside meeting place, never return to a burning building
  • keep emergency numbers, a whistle and a flashlight near the phone
  • have a disaster kit made up.
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