Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could be prevented.
What to do during a fire:
- Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. Get out immediately!!!!
- Plan two escape routes from every room in your house and make sure everyone in the family is aware of them.
- Practice escaping from every room and know the meeting place.
- Make sure windows and doors are not painted or nailed shut.
- "Stay low and go," as we say in your home. If the fire reaches you, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL!
- Inspect electrical wiring and extension cords for frayed or exposed wires. Make sure cords and outlets are not overloaded.
- Never use gas or other flammable liquids inside.
- Place smoke alarms on every level of the house and test them once a month when you send out your mortgage or rent payment.
- Replace batteries twice a year; a good rule is to do it when the time changes.
- Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach of children.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the home and teach the family members how to use it. We keep ours in the kitchen.
- Never smoke in bed!
Please be safe and happy in your home.