In the event of a house fire, survival can depend on your preparation, being alert, and having a well-rehearsed escape plan. We have provided a few basic safety and prevention tips to consider while safeguarding your home and yourself.
- Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms on each level of your home. Make sure they are located away from air vents.
- Test the alarms regularly and change batteries at least once a year. Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries.
- Develop a fire escape plan and practice with small children.
- Review all ways to exit each room of the house.
- Make sure safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.
- Escape the dwelling first and call for emergency assistance.
Practice Prevention Measures
- Replace space heaters with central heat.
- When cooking never leave the kitchen unattended.
- Keep flammables and combustibles away from stove burners and other heat sources.
- Turn off all appliances before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Never overload an electrical socket.
- Don’t use appliances with frayed cords or wires.
- Never leave burning items unattended. For example: cigarettes, candles or fire places.
- Keep up with chimney cleaning maintenance and use metal mesh screen while fire is burning.
- Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.