Having working smoke alarms in your home reduce the chances of dying by nearly 50 percent. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. Below are fire safety tips that can assist you and our family in reducing the risk of injury or death.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.
- Replace conventional batteries at least once a year. Consider installing a smoke alarm with a 10-year battery life. Smoke alarms expire after 10 years therefore if your smoke alarm is over 10 years-old, you should install new ones.
- Have a plan and practice a home fire escape with at least two ways out of your home in the event of a fire.
- In the event of a fire, leave your house immediately. Once out of your home do not return.
- In the event your child’s clothes catch on fire educate them on the “Stop, drop and roll” technique.
- Educate your children on feeling the door and door knob to feel if it is hot. If the door is hot have your children follow the tip below.
- If you are unable escape your room, keep smoke out of your room by covering vents and cracks around doors. Call 911 immediately.
- If you are trapped in your home, signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
- Deputy Jodi Wolfe