Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire in your home!
Correct Electrical hazards such as:
- Electrical cords under rugs, in walking pathways or pinched behind furniture
- Overloaded outlets
- laptops and phones charging on beds or sofas
- use extension cords properly
- unplug appliances by grasping the plug
- use light bulbs with the correct wattage
Give space heaters space
- Keep them at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn— including you. Shut off heaters when you leave or go to bed.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking
- Never leave cooking unattended. Wear form-fitting or short sleeves when cooking
- If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
- Don't cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medication.
Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire
- Don't run.
- Drop gently to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.
- Roll over and over to put out the fire. If burned, use cool water for 3–5 minutes to cool the burn. Get medical help.
Smoke alarms save lives
- Have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
- For the best protection, use interconnected alarms.
- Make sure everyone in your home can hear the smoke alarms.
- Test the alarms monthly.
If you smoke, smoke outside
- Provide smokers with large, deep, sturdy ashtrays.
- Wet cigarette butts before throwing them out or bury them in sand.
- Never smoke in bed or if oxygen is used in the home.
Plan and practice your escape from fire and smoke
- Have two different ways out of every room.
- Make sure you can open all windows and doors in the plan.
- In a fire, get outside quickly. If there is smoke, stay low and go.
- Once outside, call the fire department. Wait for help outside.
Know your local emergency number
- Ask if it is 9-1-1 or a different number.
- Have a telephone near your bed in case you are trapped by smoke and fire.
Plan your escape around your abilities
- Determine if anyone in the home will need assistance to get out safely.
- Practice the plan twice a year both during the day and night.
- Have necessary items near your bed, such as glasses, your walker, or your cane.