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  Fire Prevention and Safety 

Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement. Replace smoke detector batteries at least twice a year. Make sure that everyone in your home can hear and recognize the sound of the alarm and knows how to react immediately.
 
If a fire breaks out in your home, you need to have a plan to get out fast. Prepare for a fire emergency by sitting down with your family and designing an escape plan. Be sure that everyone knows at least 2 unobstructed ways out -- doors and windows -- from every room. Use the stairs and NOT the elevators in your escape plans if you live in an apartment building.
 
Decide on a meeting place outside where everyone will gather after they escape. Have your entire household practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Follow a few of these safety tips to reduce hazards in your home:

  1. Chimneys, fireplaces, and wood stoves should be inspected by a professional every year and cleaned as often as necessary;
  2. Create a "kid-free" zone around a kitchen stove and keep children and pets at least three feet from the cooking area;
  3. Use candle holders that will not tip over easily and are big enough to catch dripping wax safely, and do not allow children to have candles in their bedrooms;
  4. If there are smokers in your home, make sure ashtrays are large and deep so they won't tip over, and keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach; and
  5. Liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, and propane are highly flammable. Make sure to store these liquids outside the home in properly ventilated shed or garage. Store them only in small quantities and in their original containers or safety containers. Never bring even a small amount of gasoline indoors as the vapors are highly flammable and can be ignited by a tiny spark.

  Plan and Practice Fire Drills 

E.D.I.T.H.
(Exit Drills In The Home)
  1. Prepare escape routes from every room in your home. Plan two different escape routes.
  2. Your bedroom door should be closed while sleeping. It helps hold out smoke and toxic gases in case of fire.
  3. Have a fixed location outside of your home where everyone will meet in case of fire.
  4. No one should go back inside a burning house.
  5. Call 911 from a neighbors house.