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Safety in the home is important, especially when it comes to preventing fires. When a fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke, heat and flames in just a few minutes.

A home fire escape plan helps to prepare your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarms sound. When planning the family’s escape here a few simple guidelines:

  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Show all doors and windows.
  • Mark two ways out of each room (doors and windows).
  • Mark the location of all the smoke alarms.
  • Pick a family meeting place outside where everyone meets.
  • Practice the plan twice a year.

 

Working smoke alarms save lives! Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, in the hallway outside the sleeping area, and on every level of the home. A working smoke alarm cuts the chance of dying in a reported fire by half.

  • Test the smoke alarm once a month.
  • Change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace the entire unit every ten years.

 

Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out small fires. Fires grow and spreads quickly.

  • Use a fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area.
  • Use a multi-purpose extinguisher(ABC) on all types of home fires.
  • To operate an extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • P

      Pull the Pin

    • A

      Aim at the base of the fire

    • S

      Squeeze the lever

    • S

      Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Additional Resources:

Home Fire Safety Brochure – A brochure on home fire safety, includes a home safety checklist to download.