Monday, October 10, 2011

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15

 Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15.  For more information, check out First Alert. Remember these tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe:
Smoke Detectors
1.    Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.  They should be mounted high on a wall or the ceiling. 
2.    An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.  For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm is recommended.
3.    Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  An alarm “chirps” when the battery is low - replace the battery right away!

Have an Escape Plan
1.    Make a home escape plan.  Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.  Review the plan with everyone in your family.
2.    Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.  Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are not obstructed.
3.    Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that is a safe distance from the home.
4.    Teach children how to escape on their own in case you are unable to assist them.

Cooking Fires
1.    Exit the home immediately.  When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
2.    Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
3.    Always keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires should they occur.  Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
4.    For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.