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General Household Safety

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Fire Extinguisher Operation

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Smoke Detectors


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Electrical Hazards

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General Household Safety

Have Smoke Detectors that Work!

If your alarms are 10 years old or older, replace them with new ones. Smoke alarms can become desensitized over time. Also, be sure to install at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside or near sleeping areas. Test the smoke alarms once a month and change the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once per year.

Create a Fire Escape Plan

Make sure your family's fire escape plan includes two exits out of every room and an outside meeting place away from the home. Practice a fire drill at least twice each year with the entire family.

Keep Escape Routes Clear

Make sure stairs and doorways are never blocked and that windows and doors open easily. Look for things that could slow down your escape and either move or fix them.

Make sure Everyone Can Open Locks on Doors and Windows

If you have security bars on doors or windows, have "quick release" latches that make it easier to get outside in an emergency.

Plan for a Second Floor Escape

If one of your two escape routes is out a second floor or higher window, be sure to have a portable escape ladder easily accessible.


Learn the Right Moves

Fire! Now what? Stop, Drop and Roll: get your whole family to practice. This move is a lifesaver if your clothes ever catch on fire.
1. Stop where you are, and stop what you're doing. DON'T RUN!
2. Now drop to the floor as fast as you can.
3. Cover your face with your hands, then roll over and over until the 'flames' are out.
It is very important to know what to do should a fire occur. More important still is the prevention of a fire before it starts.