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A fire occurs in a home every 10 seconds, and every 60 seconds there is a home fire serious enough to call the fire department. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. It's not a question of luck. It's a matter of planning ahead.

Be Prepared

  • Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
  • Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
  • Designate a meeting place outdoors.

How Fire-Safe is your home?

  • Keep clothes, blankets, curtains, towels, and other items that can easily catch on fire at least three feet from space heaters and away from stove burners.
  • Place space heaters where they will not tip over easily.
  • Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed.
  • Check for worn wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave cigarettes unattended and never smoke in bed.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette needs to be completely snubbed out in the ashtray or run under water.

Get Out Fast⋅⋅⋅

In case of a fire, don't stop for anything. Do not try to rescue possessions or pets. Go directly to your meeting place, and then call the fire department from a neighbor’s phone, or a cell phone. Every member of your household should know how to call the fire department.

Crawl low under smoke. Smoke contains deadly gases, and heat rises. During a fire, cleaner air will be near the floor. If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use an alternative escape route. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head 12" to 24" above the floor.

⋅⋅⋅And Stay Out

Once you are out of your home, don't go back in for any reason. If people are trapped, the firefighters have the best chance of rescuing them. The heat and smoke of a fire are overpowering. Firefighters have the training, experience, and protective equipment needed to enter burning buildings.

Smoke Detectors

Install smoke detectors outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. Follow installation instructions carefully, and test smoke detectors monthly. Change all smoke detector batteries at least once a year. Changing your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks is a good way to remember. If your detector is more than 10 years old, replace it with a new one.

Cooking Fire Prevention

Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, and the leading cause of home cooking fires and injuries is unattended cooking.

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, and turn off the burner.
  • Always keep an eye on food being heated. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the heat. If the phone rings or something else requires you to leave the kitchen momentarily when cooking, take a pot holder or wooden spoon with you as a reminder to get back to the kitchen quickly.
  • Keep young children away from appliances when cooking. If you allow older children to cook, supervise them closely and teach them safe cooking practices. Enforce a 3’ kid-free-zone around the range and teach youngsters not to play in that area.
  • Make sure to keep all pot handles turned inward so they are not accidentally knocked over.
  • Dress appropriately for cooking. Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking and use caution when working near heat sources.

Fire Extinguishers

Every home should be equipped with several fire extinguishers. It’s recommended to have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Also, keep them in plain sight and no more than 5’ above the floor. The most important places to have a fire extinguisher are in the areas that are more susceptible to fire. These areas are the kitchen, laundry room, and garage.

Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories, based on different types of fires.

Class A extinguishers are for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics. The numerical rating on these types of extinguishers indicates the amount of water it holds and the amount of fire it can extinguish.

Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil. The numerical rating for class B extinguishers indicates the approximate number of square feet of fire it can extinguish.

Class C fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets. Never use water to extinguish Class C fires - the risk of electrical shock is far too great! Class C extinguishers do not have a numerical rating. The C classification means the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.

Class D fire extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium. These types of extinguishers also have no numerical rating, nor are they given a multi-purpose rating - they are designed for class D fires only.

Operating a Fire Extinguisher

  • Always read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand and become familiar with its parts.
  • If used correctly, a fire extinguisher is part of your first line of defense in fireproofing your home.
  • Make sure you have an escape route in case conditions worsen.
  • Remove the extinguisher and look at the pressure gauge to make sure the unit is charged.
  • Remember PASS: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
  • Pull the pin or other sealing device.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire from about 8’ – 10’ away.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly.
  • Sweep from side to side until the fire is completely out.
  • Make sure the fire is out. A fire can rekindle easily.
  • Recharge the extinguisher as soon as possible.

If you have doubts about using the extinguisher, leave the building and call 9-1-1. If you decide to fight the fire, call 9-1-1 first anyway. Don’t wait to call; this is precious time that can’t be wasted while you try to fight the fire.

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