Fires are preventable! Here
are a few important steps that you can take to help you, help us
prevent fires from starting:
- Install a smoke detector
on every level of your home and in the garage. Check your smoke
detector monthly and change batteries as needed or at least once
a year. If a fire does start early warning is essential for your
life safety. The earlier the fire department is contacted, the
smaller the fire when we arrive.
- Make sure electrical
circuits are not overloaded.
- Have all unconventional
heating units, such as wood stoves and space heaters, checked by
- Keep matches and lighters
out of reach and away from children.
- Never, ever,
smoke in bed or in overstuffed upholstered chairs.
- Do not wear loose-fitting
or easily ignitable garments when cooking.
No Home is Fire Proof! Be
prepared if a fire does occur! Here are a few basic thing you should
do to prepare for a fire.
- Determine at least two
ways of escape from every room in your home.
- Purchase an approved
chain ladder to use to climb from rooms above the first floor.
- Select a location where
everyone should meet after escaping from the house.
- Know how to summon
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If a fire occurs:
- Crawl low under smoke to
escape. This should be practiced beforehand to prepare you for
an actual fire.
- Feel closed doors before
you open them. A hot door probably means there is a fire on the
- If you clothes catch fire
stop moving, drop to the floor, and roll around to smother the
- Get everyone out quickly
and phone for emergency assistance.
- Know your address and
accurate location when you call for assistance.
- NEVER reenter the house
that is on fire once you have escaped!
The message taken in part
from Home Fire Safety - Act on it! Published by the
US Fire Administration.
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