Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors Smoke detectors warn you of fire in time to let you escape. Install them on each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Make sure to leave install 10 feet away from stove top appliances. Follow the manufacturer's directions, and test once a month. Replace batteries twice a year, or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is dead. Don't ever take the battery out for other uses!
Place Detectors in Appropriate Location Around the Home
Make Sure To Test Your Detectors Monthly
Keep Your Smoke Detectors 10 feet away from all appliances
Plan and Practice Your escape If fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast. With your family, plan two ways out of every room. Fire escape routes must not include elevators, which might take you right to the fire! Choose a meeting place outside where everyone should gather. Once you are out, stay out! Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
Make An Escape Plan
When attempting to leave the room, feel the door knob to test for heat
Make sure to teach your children the escape plan
Practice what to do if you cannot leave the room.
Space Heaters Need space Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from paper, curtains, furniture, clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from them.
Be Careful Cooking Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles, and don't leave cooking unattended. Keep your pot's handles turned inward so children won't knock or pull them over the edge of the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, then turn off the burner.
If grease catches fire, cover with lid until flame is extinguished
Don't keep flammable objects on top of the oven
If there is a fire in the microwave, keep the door closed until the flame is extinguished
Never leave the room while cooking
If a fire in the oven is not contained, get out of the house and call 911
If there is a fire in the oven and contained, keep the door closed until the flames extinguish
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL Everyone should know this rule: if your clothes catch fire, don't run! Stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll over and over to smother the flames. Cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs.
Stop Drop and Roll!
Assist others by covering with a blanket and promoting them to Stop, Drop, and Roll!
Practice Candle Safety The popularity of candles as home decorations in recent years, has resulted in an increase of candle related fires. Some safe tips include: Never leave a lit candle unattended in any room of the house; Never leave candles burning when you go to bed; and never use candles near combustible materials such as curtains, drapes, bedding and cabinets. Visit our candle safety page for more information.
Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything flammable