Tips for Fire Prevention at Home
House fires happen more in
the winter than at any other time. Take the following steps to ensure that your
family knows what to do and is alerted in case of fire.
- Plan family fire drills,
and practice them twice a year.
- Make sure everyone in
the family knows the telephone number of the fire department by heart.
- If you live in a high
rise apartment building, make sure you know what your building’s evacuation
- Candles are a growing
cause of house fires. Be sure to put candles out when you’re no longer in the
room where they’re burning. Never let a candle continue to burn after you fall
- Stay in the kitchen when
anything is cooking on the stovetop, and check on food in the oven.
- Replace electrical cords
that are worn or frayed.
- Get a smoke alarm and
test it regularly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you
may have only two minutes to escape from your home after your smoke alarm
sounds off. Functioning smoke alarms can reduce the risk of fire death by
- Keep a smoke detector on
every floor of your home.
- Replace the battery once
a year. Each year when you turn your clock back to standard time, put a new
battery in your smoke detector.
- Replace the alarm itself
once every 10 years.
- If a fire does strike
and you escape from your house, don’t go back inside.
National Fire Protection Association.