Top 10 Fire Safety Tips

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Even with fire sprinklers, every family needs working smoke alarms and a well-rehearsed fire escape plan for full protection. Follow the Home Safety Council’s advice below to make sure your home is safe from fire.

-Put smoke alarms inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work.

-Put new batteries in smoke alarms once a year, sooner if the alarm chirps.

-Make a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.

-Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.

-Keep BBQ grills at least ten feet away from other objects, including the home and any shrubs or bushes.

-Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Do not allow children to keep candles or incense in their rooms.

-Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet, out of reach of young children.

-Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

-Space heaters need space. Keep them at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or falling asleep

-If you use gasoline, store only a small quantity in an approved gasoline container. Store it in an outdoor shed, away from your home. Never bring any amount of gasoline indoors.

For more information, visit www.MySafeHome.org.