Safety and Fire Prevention Tips

Know How to Use 911

Be prepared to give your name, address and nature of emergency.

Create an Escape Plan

  • Draw a floor plan of your house showing every major room. Show all windows and doors.
  • Determine two ways out of every room.
  • Feel every door before you open it.
  • Stay low.. Crawl under the smoke. Explain the danger.
  • Have a pre-agreed upon meeting place outside the house. Go directly there and wait on
  • other family members.
  • Call 911 as soon as you can after getting out. Go to a neighbors house, use you cell or
  • portable phone it available. Have someone else call!
  • do not go back in ……for any reason!

Review & Practice the Escape Plane With Family

  • Take into account those in wheel chairs, walkers or those who are bedridden. Extra time
  • will be needed to get these people out. Make sure their sleeping room has two ways out
  • and are located as close to an outside exit as possible.
  • Teach smaller children not to hide if they hear the smoke alarm going off.
  • Make sure each upstairs bedroom has a rope or chain ladder to help you escape if fire is
  • blocking your way downstairs.
  • Stress not going back in …..for any reason!

Teens and Pre-teens Should Know How to Identify Fire Hazards

  • Frayed cords on electrical appliances.
  • Extension and appliance cords run under carpet and rugs.
  • Overloaded electrical outlets.
  • Matches and lighters placed where younger kids can find them.
  • Fireplaces without glass or mesh screens.
  • Combustible materials left to close to the eye of the stove, space heater, fireplace, etc.
  • Clothing placed on hot lamps or heaters.
  • Curtains to close to torch style lamps.
  • Electrical equipment left unattended.
  • Leaving the stove while cooking food. (even for just a minute)
  • Making sure the handles of cooking utensils are turned in a safe manner.
  • Smoking paraphernalia around bedding, curtains and other combustibles.