Home Fire Safety
Working Smoke Alarms save lives!
- Make sure you have a WORKING smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly.
- Smoke alarms that do not have self-encased batteries need to have the battery replaced AT LEAST annually.
- Replace any smoke alarm that is older than 10 years.
75% of chimney fires are caused by creosote buildup!
- Keep chimneys clear and vented. A dirty chimney builds up creosote deposits that can easily catch a wayward spark and cause a home fire.
- Always make sure your chimney flue is open before you start your fire.
Bathroom exhaust fans can cause extensive fire damage in your home.
- If you have a bathroom exhaust fan in your home, clean it twice a year, and if it starts to make noises or smells odd, it's time to replace it.
- Always remember to turn off your fan before you leave your home.
Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires year after year
- Check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them. Don't try to repair them.
- Extension cords are intended for temporary use only. Do not use them for a permanent solution.
Forgetting you are cooking is the top reason for kitchen fires.
- Set a timer or alarm to remind you that there is something cooking.
- Never put water on a grease fire. Cover the pan with a lid and turn off the stove.
Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Always use a sturdy ashtray set on a hard surface
- PUT IT OUT, ALL THE WAY, EVERY TIME!
Practice Fire Safety Every Day!
Family Meeting Place:
Less than 1/4 of families have put together and practiced a home escape plan.
- Make sure everyone knows where the family meeting place is and you have PRACTICED your home escape plan.
- Never go back inside once you have made it to your meeting place.