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What will your family do in case of a fire?
• SMOKE DETECTORS
Smoke is responsible for three out of four deaths.
• Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of
• Test every detector at least once a month. [See your instruction book
for the location of the test button.]
• Keep smoke detectors dust free. Replace batteries with new ones at
least once a year, or sooner if the detector makes a chirping sound.
• If you have a smoke detector directly wired into your electrical
system, be sure that the little signal light is blinking periodically.
This tells you that the alarm is active.
• Inexpensive smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.
• FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
• Fire extinguishers should be mounted in the kitchen, garage, and
• Purchase an ABC type extinguisher for extinguishing all types of
• Learn how to use your fire extinguisher before there is an emergency.
• Remember, use an extinguisher on small fires only. If there is a large
fire, get out immediately and call 911 from another location.
• THINKING AHEAD: Your Exit Plan
• Prepare a floor plan of your home showing at least two ways out of
• Sleep with your bedroom door closed. In the event of fire, it helps to
hold back heat and smoke. But if a door feels hot, do not open it;
escape through another door or window.
• Easy-to-use window escape ladders are available through many
catalogs and outlet stores. For instance, First Alert sells one for
• Agree on a fixed location out-of-doors where family members are to
gather for a head count.
• Stay together away from the fire. Call 911 from another location. Make
certain that no one goes back inside the burning building.
• Check corridors and stairways to make sure they are free of
obstructions and combustibles.
• To help cut down on the need for an emergency exit in the first place,
clear all unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, and
• Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying.
• Don't store newspapers, kindling, or matches near the fireplace or
have an exposed rug or wooden floor right in front of the fireplace.
• Have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of
every heating season and cleaned to remove combustible creosote build-up
• Install a chimney spark arrester to prevent roof fires.
• When lighting a gas fireplace, strike your match first, then turn on
• FURNACE/SPACE HEATERS
• Install and maintain heating equipment correctly. Have your furnace
inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season .
• Don't store newspapers, rags, or other combustible materials near a
furnace, hot water heater, space heater, etc.
• Don't leave space heaters operating when you're not in the room.
• Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that might
burn, including the wall.
• Don't use extension cords with electrical space heaters. The high
amount of current they require could melt the cord and start a fire.
• When lighting a gas space heater, strike your match first, then turn
on the gas.
• Never use a gas range as a substitute for a furnace or space heater.
• CLOTHES DRYER
• Never leave home with the clothes dryer running.
• Dryers must be vented to the outside, not into a wall or attic.
• Clean the lint screen frequently to keep the airway clear.
• Never put in synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber, or foam because they
• ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
• It is better not to use extension cords. If you feel you must use one,
make sure that it is not frayed or worn. Do not run it under a rug or
twist it around a nail or hook.
• Never overload a socket. In particular, the use of "octopus" outlets,
outlet extensions that accommodate several plugs, is strongly
• Do not use light bulb wattage which is too high for the fixture. Look
for the label inside each fixture which tells the maximum wattage.
• Check periodically for loose wall receptacles, loose wires, or loose
lighting fixtures. Sparking means that you've waited too long.
• Allow air space around the TV to prevent overheating. The same applies
to plug-in radios and stereo sets, and to powerful lamps.
• If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows frequently, immediately cut
down on the number of appliances on that line.
• Be sure all electrical equipment bears the Underwriters Laboratories
• In many older homes, the capacity of the wiring system has not kept
pace with today's modern appliances. Overloaded electrical systems
invite fire. Watch for these overload signals: dimming lights when an
appliance goes on, a shrinking TV picture, slow heating appliances, or
fuses blowing frequently. Call a qualified electrician to get expert
• It's wise to have a fire extinguisher near the kitchen. Keep it 10
feet away from the stove on the exit side of the kitchen.
• Never pour water on a grease fire; turn off the stove and cover the
pan with a lid, or close the oven door.
• Keep pot handles on the stove pointing to the back, and always watch
young children in the kitchen.
• Don't store items on the stove top, as they could catch fire.
• Keep kitchen appliances clean and in good condition, and turn them off
and disconnect them when not in use.
• Don't overload kitchen electrical outlets and don't use appliances
with frayed or cracked wires.
• Wear tight-fitting clothing when you cook. Here's why: An electrical
coil on the stove reaches a temperature of 800 degrees. A gas flame goes
over 1,000 degrees. Your dish towel or pot holder can catch fire at 400
degrees. So can your bathrobe, apron, or loose sleeve.
• Be sure your stove is not located under a window in which curtains are
• Clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly. and wipe up
spilled grease as soon as the surface of the stove is cool.
• Operate your microwave only when there is food in it.
• CHILDREN and GRANDCHILDREN
• Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
• Never leave children unattended with fire or space heaters.
• Children are naturally curious about fire, so keep an eye on them. But
if a child repeatedly plays with fire or seems to have a morbid
fascination with fire, seek professional help at once.
• If youngsters live with you or stay overnight occasionally, be sure
that they know how to escape from every room and are part of your
emergency exit plan. [See "Thinking Ahead" above]
• GASOLINE AND OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
• Flammable liquids should be stored only in approved safety containers,
and the containers should be kept outside the house and garage in a
separate storage shed.
• Gas up lawn equipment and snow throwers outside, away from enclosed
areas and any source of sparks or heat.
• Start the equipment 10 feet from where you filled it with fuel.
• Don't fill a hot lawn mower, snow thrower, or other motor; let it cool
• Never clean floors or do other general cleaning with gasoline or
• Never smoke in bed.
• Don't smoke when you are drinking or are abnormally tired.
• Use large, deep ashtrays, and empty them frequently.
• Never dump an ashtray into the trash without wetting the butts and