Fire Prevention & Safety(Provided by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter)
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
Prevent Home Fires
Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters and stove.
Never smoke in bed.
Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters, and keep them out of reach.
Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
Practice Fire Safety at Home
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. Get training from the fire department on how to use them.
Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your home.
Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
In Case of Fire
Follow your escape plan.
Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number once you have safely exited the building.