Home Safety

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In only a matter of minutes, a small house fire can rage out of control. Heat temperatures from the building fire can reach up to 1,500°F. The flames emit carbon monoxide gas, which is odorless, colorless and tasteless – and can cause immediate unconsciousness, followed by death. Every family should have and practice a home escape plan to follow in the event of a fire. The plan should include drawing a diagram of your home, marking the locations of windows and doors; planning two escape routes out of every room of your home; setting up a meeting place outside of the home for everyone to go following an escape; and practicing the escape plan once a month. Every member of the family and frequent visitors to the home should know and practice the escape route.

¨  Complete a home fire safety checklist and identify fire risks in your home.

o  Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors bi-annually and change the batteries at least once a year.

¨  Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom.

o  Make sure that everyone in the home can hear the smoke alarm from their bedrooms.

¨  Make a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month.

o  Make sure that everyone in the house understands the family fire escape plan.

¨  Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them.