Fires are unpredictable and often disastrous. By planning ahead and implementing these simple fire prevention strategies, you can reduce your odds of becoming a victim.
· Install smoke detectors in key locations throughout the house. Check batteries every six months.
· Make sure warning alarms are loud enough for those who have difficulty hearing or are sound sleepers.
· Avoid kitchen fires by cleaning your stove exhaust hood regularly to eliminate build-up.
· Do not wear loose hanging clothes when working over hot burners.
· Always use hot pads or mitts.
· Clean and service heating systems and furnaces once a year.
· Properly dispose of old newspapers, magazines and rags.
· Keep flammable materials in cool, vented places away from main living areas.
· Do not overload sockets.
· Make sure that wires are not frayed or exposed.
· Plan and practice fire drill exits from all areas of the house.
· Determine two ways to safely exit each room of your home and reach the outside.
· Make sure your windows can be opened from the inside.
· Mark windows and doors of any person who needs special assistance from the fire department.
· Do not block exits with furniture.