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Home Fire Safety Measures

Fire Prevention & Safety Information

Prevention is the best way to protect your family from fire. However, in the event of a fire, preparation becomes the key to making certain your family responds appropriately and safely. Read these safety measures to be sure you’re prepared in the event of fire.

Smoke alarms/heat detectors

  • Make sure your home is equipped with enough smoke alarms and heat detectors to provide early detection of a fire so that your family has enough time to escape safely.

Fire extinguishers

  • Place several fire extinguishers throughout your home, in accessible locations.
  • Make sure that family members know where all fire extinguishers are located.
  • Discuss how to use extinguishers with family members, so that they are prepared.
  • Make sure extinguishers are listed as "A, B, C" so that they are safe for all types of fires. (An extinguisher labeled "A" only will not be effective on a grease or electrical fire, and will only cause the fire to spread more quickly.)

Sprinkler systems

  • Consider installing sprinkler systems when building or remodeling.

Safety plan

  • Plan at least two escape routes from each room.
  • Establish a family meeting place outside the home for everyone to gather in the case of a fire.
  • Practice fire drills, especially for young children. Provide instruction as follows:
    • Crawl on the floor – heat and smoke rise.
    • Don’t open any door without first feeling it for heat. Never touch the handle, as it may be extremely hot. If the door is hot, don’t open it; use an alternative exit route.
    • Go directly to the prearranged meeting place.
    • Never return into a burning building to retrieve toys, pets, etc.