Fire Prevention Month

Every year thousand of home in the United States are destroyed or damaged by Fire. There are a few easy steps you can take to greatly reduce the chance your home and property will be damaged or anyone injured in a fire- whether it starts inside or outside your home.

PRATICE HOME FIRE SAFETY

  • Have smoke detector and fire extinguisher on every level in you home.
  • Test and Clean smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year.
  • Check Fire extinguisher pressure gauges monthly.
  • Store matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or run cords underneath rugs.
  • Inspect electrical cords for damage and replace or repair them if needed.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from furniture and drapes.
  • Clean the lint screen on your clothes dryer before each use.
  • Have your furnace inspected every year. Change filters several times each year.
  • Store flammable materials and chemicals safely away from sources of heat.
  • Clean fireplace, coal stove and wood stove chimneys ever year.
  • Thin bushes and trees within 30 feet of your home. Clear a wider area of dead wood and other fire fuels.
  • Store firewood at least 30 feet form you home.
  • KNOW WHAT TO DO IN A FIRE

  • Create a family fire escape plan that shows two ways out of every room and a family meeting place outside. Practice it at least twice a year.
  • In a fire, get out fast and stay out. Crawl low under smoke.
  • Telephone to report a fire only from outside of a burning building.
  • If clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop to the floor or ground, and Roll. Cover your face with your hands.
  • IF A WILDFIRE THREATENS YOU HOME

  • Shut of gas at the meter.
  • Hook up a garden hose and place lawn sprinklers on the roof.
  • Wet or pull up vegetation within 15 feet of your home.
  • Submerge water-resistant valuables in a pool or pond.
  • Move patio furniture inside.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Prepare to evacuate immediately, if necessary. Park the car facing your escape route and leave the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition.

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