• Look for places fire could start.
• Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
• Learn two ways out of every room.
Here are some tips and good practices to follow, to keep you and your family safe in your home: 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 starts. • A home escape plan should include the following:• Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window.• Properly installed and working smoke alarms.Properly installed and working smoke alarms.• A meeting place outside, in front of the home, where everyone will meet after they exit.• A call to 911 or a local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.
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.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. • 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.
• 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 away from heating equipment.
• Have a 3-foot “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 licensed professional.