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Fire Safety Preparedness in your Home

A fire can become life threatening in just two minutes and will quickly produce black smoke making it extremely hard for you to see. That is why it is important for you and your family to not only take steps to prevent fires, but have a plan together in the worst should happen. Educating and preparing yourself can be a life saver.

  • Make sure that smoke alarms are on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Create a home fire escape plan for you and your family and practice it twice a year.
    • Every family member should know two ways to escape from each room in your house.
    • Inhaling smoke is very dangerous, so make sure you stay low as you escape from your house.
    • Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed.
    • Make sure you have a designate meeting area outside in the case of a fire.
    • Get out and stay out! Never go back in for people, pets, or things.
    • Make sure to time your fire drill and keep it under two minutes to escape.

There are precautions you can take to help decrease the risk of a house fire:

  • Don’t overload your electrical circuits.
  • Unplug hair dryers and other small bathroom appliances when they are not in use.
  • Do not run extension cords under rugs and carpets.
  • Replace frayed electric cords.
  • Stay in the kitchen anytime you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Keep baking soda on hand for extinguishing kitchen fires.
  • Have portable fire extinguishers that are easy to access.

Get your family together and have a conversation about how to prevent fires and implement a plan in case there is a house fire in your home, it could save your lives.