- NUMBER YOUR HOUSE with numbers large enough to be visible from the street. Finding a house at night that is NOT numbered adds precious minutes to our getting you the help you need.
- Turn as many lights on as you can, especially exterior lights. Make your home as visible as possible.
- Have someone watching by the door when possible.
- INSTALL SMOKE/CO ALARMS in all bedrooms/sleeping quarters.Smoke/CO alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
- Change batteries twice per year. We recommend to do this during changes in daylight savings time. "Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries".
- DEVELOP A FAMILY FIRE ESCAPE PLAN. Always have two means of escape.
- Ensure all family members know the pre-designated meeting spot, and be sure it is clearly marked on your escape plan. Practice your plan once you have it in place.
- Once you're out - STAY OUT! Never go back into a burning building.
- INSTALL AND MAINTAIN AN ABC-RATED FIRE EXTINGUISHER in your home.
- The kitchen is always a good place for a fire extinguisher, as cooking causes an estimated 43% of all reported home fires.
- REMOVE smoke detector batteries to use in other applications.
- PANIC - Try to remain calm.
- EVER use water to extinguish a grease fire.
- EVER, EVER GO BACK INTO A BURNING HOUSE ONCE YOU HAVE EXITED!!!
REMEMBER -- FIRE PREVENTION BEGINS AT HOME!!!!!!
Fire Safety / Fire Prevention Week is observed from Sunday to Saturday during the week where October 9th falls.