Home Fire Safety
Here's what to do...
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors often. Keep
extra batteries on hand and replace them every
- Check your smoke detectors. Replace any that are
10 years old or older.
- Position detectors smartly. Place at least one smoke detector
on every level of your house and near areas
where you and your family sleep.
- Keep detectors away from heating and cooling ducts,
and at least six inches from where walls and ceilings
- Keep fire extinguishers handy. Make sure there's at least
one on each floor -- especially near the kitchen,
garage, laundry room and workshop.
- Maintain a safe fireplace and chimney. Clean the fireplace
regularly and have the chimney cleaned and inspected
- Check the wiring. Have a professional electrician check for
faulty wiring, expecially if you own an older home.
- Check your dryer hose -- lint build-up can cause overheating.
Clean the hose and dryer annually.
- Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to
do in case a fire breaks out. Create a fire safety
plan, with a designated meeting place.