Fire Prevention

Preventing fires is an important part of fire safety. In the United States, cooking is the main cause of home fires. Cigarettes are a big risk too — they are the leading cause of fire deaths. Here are some fire safety do’s and don’ts.

  1. Don’t leave the stove or oven unattended when they are on.
  2. Don’t let children use kitchen appliances unsupervised.
  3. Don’t smoke in bed.
  4. Do make sure your smoke alarms work.
  5. Do have fire extinguishers on every floor and in your kitchen.
  6. Do have an escape plan.
  7. Do make sure your electrical appliances and cords are in good condition.

Your Smoke Alarm Checklist

The Smoke Alarms in My Home…

  1. Are installed on every level, especially near sleeping areas.
  2. Are tested once a month.
  3. Have their batteries replaced with new ones at least once a year.
  4. Are vacuumed over and kept free of dust.
  5. Have their batteries replaced and are retested, should they start making a “chirping” noise.
  6. Are replaced with new smoke alarms every 10 years.

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