Home Safety Fire TipsARE YOU READY FOR A FIRE?
Fire is one of the most common disasters. Fire causes more deaths than any other type of disaster. But fire doesn't have to be deadly if you have early warning from a smoke detector and everyone in your family knows how to escape calmly.
MAKE YOUR HOME FIRE SAFE
Fire can grow and spread very fast. In a typical home fire you may have as little as two minutes to escape once the smoke alarm sounds.
Each year fires kill more than 3,500 people and injure tens of thousands more in the United States. Children ages five and under are twice as likely to die in a fire as the rest of the population.
Home fire escape planning and practice can make a critical difference for your entire family. By developing and practicing a home fire escape plan, your family will know exactly what to do in a fire so everyone can escape quickly and safely.
Draw a floor plan of your home. You'll need two ways out of every room. One way out would be the door, and the second way out may be a window. Consider purchasing a home fire escape ladder for bedrooms located on the second and third floors.
Remember, smoke rises. Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling. Don't install smoke alarms near windows, outside doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation. Don't paint your smoke alarms; paint or other decorations could keep them from working when you most need it. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps," warning that the battery is low. Helpful hint: Schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clock from daylight to standard time in the fall.
Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturer's instructions can help keep it working properly.
If you live in an apartment building, make sure that you're familiar with the building's evacuation plan. In case of a fire, use the stairs, never the elevators.
If there are infants or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them.
Be fully prepared for a real fire. When a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately, and once you're out, stay out!
HOVERBOARD SAFETY TIPS
As found on boardemporium.com website.