In recognition of Fire Prevention Weekwhich takes place on October 9-15th, we put together a list of fire safety tips. The theme for this year is, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm". 

If a fire starts in your home, you may have less than two minutes to get out. Read through some fire safety tips from The American Red Cross below:

  • Talk to your family about a fire escape plan and practice the plan at least twice a year.
  • Test all smoke alarms once a month. Be sure to change the batteries if needed.  
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT of your house and STAY OUT. CALL for help immediately. 
  • Every level of your home and all bedrooms should have a working fire alarms.
  • Anything than can catch fire should be at least three feet away from space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire.
  • Portable heaters should be turned off when you go to sleep or you leave the room.

Want more fire safety tips? Check out what we found from Safekids.org:

  • Make sure you escape plan includes two ways of every room
  • Teach children to stay low and go if there is smoke
  • Help children practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot
  • Choose a meeting place outside the home that is a safe distance from the house.  

 

Sources: Americanredcross.org, Safekids.org

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