Ten steps for fire safety...

Published on Thu, Oct 25, 2001
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Ten steps for fire safety...

1) Crawl low under smoke to your exit
If you have to escape a fire through smoke, crawl low, keep you
head 12 to 24 inches above the floor, where the air is cleaner.

2) Plan your escape
Make a home escape plan and hold regular fire drills so everyone in your household knows what to do in a fire emergency. When escaping a fire, feel the door with a back of your hand before opening them. If it’s warm, try another escape route.

3) Install smoke alarms
Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, inside and outside of the bedrooms. Test them once a month, and replace their batteries once a year.

4) Be careful with smoking materials
Never smoke in bed or when you’re drowsy or have been drinking alcohol or taking medication.

5) Install an automatic home fire sprinkler system
Automatic fire sprinkler systems control or extinguish fires in less time than it takes for the fire department to arrive. Consider installing a system in your home.

6) Use electricity safely
Replace damaged electrical cords and repair appliances that smell of smoke, or overheat.

7) Cook safely
Never leave cooking unattended, and keep cooking areas clean and uncluttered.

8) Space heaters need space
Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

9) Keep matches and lighters out of sight
Keep matches and lighters away from children stored up high in a locked cabinet.

10) Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire
If your clothing catches fire, stop – don’t run. Drop to the ground. And roll over and over to smother the flames. Cool the burn and call for help.

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