Fire Prevention and Safety

Every year children set over 100,000 fires and 20% of all fire deaths are children.  We need to teach our children fire safety, fire prevention, and steps to take in the event of a fire.  Preparing your child for a fire emergency may save her life.

Fire Prevention

  • Do not over use extension cords.  Make sure they are not frayed or worn and do not run under a rug.
  • Do not overload outlets
  • If you live in an older home with the original wiring, have an electrician check it periodically to ensure its safety
  • Make sure the light bulbs being used are the correct wattage for the lamp
  • Allow plenty of space around TVs, computers, radios, and stereos to prevent overheating
  • Keep lamps away from curtains, bedspreads, etc

Portable heaters contribute to the increase in fires during the winter months.

  • Never place a heater where a child or pet will knock it over
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable including the wall
  • Never place a heater near a bed or drapes
  • Never leave a heater on when not in the room
  • Never use an extension cord with a heater

Fireplace

  • Keep the fireplace clean and covered with a screen
  • Do not store newspapers, kindling, or an exposed rug in front of the fireplace
  • Never leave a fireplace burning unattended
  • Have the chimney professionally cleaned once a year
  • Cigarette Smoking
    • Cigarettes are the number one cause of fire deaths in the United States
    • Keep lighters and matches used for smoking inaccessible to children
    • Never smoke in bed
    • Empty ashtrays frequently, but wet the butts and ashes first
  • Cooking
    • Do not leave unsupervised pots of food cooking on the stove or in the oven
    • Do not store items on top of the stove – a power surge or a knob getting turned on accidentally can cause a fire
    • Keep pot handles turned towards the back of the stove
    • Use oven mitts, not a dish towel, to remove items from the oven
    • Always have a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen
  • Clothes Dryer
    • Never leave the dryer running if you leave the house
    • Clean the lint screen frequently
    • Vent the dryer to the outside instead of into a wall
  • Fire Safety
    • Install smoke detectors on every level of your house
    • Mount a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, garage, and in at least one bedroom at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen
    • Discuss and practice a fire escape plan with your family
    • If the fire is large, get out of the house immediately and call 911
    • STOP, DROP, and ROLL if clothes catch on fire
    • Crawl low to the floor to stay below the smoke
    • Do not open a closed door if it feels hot
    • Have at least one escape ladder if you have a two-story house
  • The best way to protect your family from a fire is to be prepared.  Make sure everyone knows the fire prevention tips and the fire safety tips if a fire should occur.

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