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Fire Safety in Your Home

Keep your family safe in the home.

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.

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