We have created a list of home fire safety tips for you to implement in your household. Remember, these tips are only effective if you actually discuss these methods on a regular basis. Simply discussing these once is never enough!
Install the right number of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year (Or follow the manufactures instructions).
Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. Many children become afraid and want to stay in place when one sounds. Make sure they know a plan if one were to sound.
Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home. Practice this escape plan. Discussing is only half the planning process.
Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out. As crazy as it may sound, this is effective! Things are much different in a real emergency situation.
Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. We know this sounds crazy, but in these situations, seconds count. Don't hesitate to implement emergency services immediately.
Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.