Safety Tips

  • Smoke Detectors: Every home should have battery-operated working smoke detectors.  They should be tested weekly.  Change the batteries as needed.  Also change the batteries when you change your clocks for the start and the end of Daylight Savings Time.  Smoke Detectors save lives.  Electric smoke detectors don't work during power failures, battery-operated ones will.  Have a detector on every floor (including the basement) and one in the kitchen.
  • Practice EDITH: Exit Drills In The Home.  All family members should know how to get out of the house in case of fire.  Each person should have 2 exit routes.  All routes should be practiced.  Schools have fire drills, you should too.
  • Meeting Place: Decide on a meeting place so that all family members can find each other after exiting a burning building.  If someone is missing, you will know.  Your meeting place should be incorporated into your practice drills.
  • Stop, Drop & Roll: If your clothes are on fire, drop on the ground and roll.  This will put the fire out.
  • Do Not Panic: Remain as calm as possible so that you can think clearly.  Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Do Not enter a burning building: Leave this to the trained firefighters.
  • Do Not open safes or fireproof boxes for at least 24 hours until they cool.
  • Do Not enter a room with a sagging ceiling.
  • Do Not use TV, stereo, or other electrical appliances until they have been checked by serviceman.
  • Do Not use appliances standing on a wet floor.
  • Do Not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do Not use food exposed to extreme heat.
  • Do Not attempt to clean walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Do Not use do-it-yourself home carpet or upholstery cleaners.
  • Do Not send smoky clothes to ordinary dry cleaners.
  • Do Not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang to dry.
  • Do Not leave wet books, magazines, or colored items on wet carpet.
  • Visit usfa.fema.gov for more information regarding safety, including activities for kids.

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