Below are a few tips to keep your family and home fire safe.
A working smoke detector is the most efficient and reliable way to notify occupants of your home that there is a fire. Smoke detectors should be located on every floor and outside of all sleeping areas.
Smoke detector batteries should be checked monthly and replaced every six months. Remember - WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCK - CHANGE YOUR BATTERY!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is slightly lighter than air. CO displaces oxygen in the bloodstream. CO poisoning is initially identified by general fatigue, dizziness and headache. If not addressed, it can result in death. CO detectors will identify sudden spikes in CO levels and longer-term low-level exposures. CO detectors should be placed in or near each bedroom and in the living room / family room. Avoid problem areas such as near showers, kitchen steam, or garage entrances. CO detectors should be replaced every 7 or 8 years.
Each home should have at least one "A-B-C Dry Chem" extinguisher. A 3 or 5 lb extinguisher should be sufficient. This kind of extinguisher is able to put out Class A (wood, paper, etc), Class B (gasoline, oil, flammable liquids) and Class C (electrical) fires. It is also recommended that a kitchen-specific extinguisher be kept in or near the kitchen. These extinguishers are designed for kitchen fires, including grease, and are designed to flow higher volumes of extinguishing agent at a lower pressure. Lastly, remember the acronym "PASS" - Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
Fire Escape Plan:
It is very important to have a plan in place, just in case of an emergency. A good plan will have two ways out of every room and a common meeting place that is away from your house. The plan only works if families practice it.