- Always call the fire department (911) for any fire, even if the fire has been completely extinguished.
- Check electrical cords. Electrical cords could have frays, tears or exposed wire. If you find one, discard it immediately.
- Have your chimney inspected by a professional once a year. Use only
seasoned, dry wood. Always discard ashes in a metal container and never
store ashes on wooden decks or porches.
- Keep any type of heater at least three feet from anything that will
burn. Always turn off heater before going to bed or leaving the house.
Never allow children to be left alone near any type of heater. Refuel
outside after the until has cooled down. Use proper fuel.
- Keep your emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Make sure your smoke alarm is maintained and working properly. Have a smoke alarm on every level of your home
- Never cover lamps with clothing or other combustibles. Clothing,
paper, curtains or other combustible materials could come in contact
with a hot light bulb and cause a fire.
- Plan, know and rehearse your escape route. It is best if you can
plan two escape routes. Make sure everyone in the family understands
the route and knows where the meeting place is. Remember! Get out first
then call 911 at a neighbor's house.
- Stop Drop and Roll is a good method to put fire on your clothing out.
- Teach your children what to do in case of a fire - get low and get
out of the house - go to the designated meeting place - never go back
in the house for a toy or pet.
- Use a metal screen or glass door around your fireplace.