Home Fire Safety Tips

Home Fire Escape Planning

• Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes. • A home escape plan should include the following: o Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window o Properly installed and working smoke alarms o A meeting place outside, in front of the home, where everyone will meet after they exit o A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

• Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Cooking

• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

Heating

• Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires. • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment. • Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory. • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment. • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.