Despite how common house fires are, many families do not discuss fire safety in the home, or have a plan.  Now is the time to change that!  Follow these easy tips and steps to become more prepared:

  • Store matches and lighters in a high, locked cabinet.  Many children are curious about fires, and like to start them.  Make that difficult by keeping these items out of reach.
  • Install smoke detectors and check them monthly.  Make sure you have detectors located throughout your home (on every level, and outside each sleeping area, and in all bedrooms).  Call your local fire department to make sure your smoke detectors are well placed, and that you have enough.  Be sure to check them every month and replace them every 10 years!  Carbon Monoxide detectors should also be placed on every level of the home.
  • Hold fire drills two times per year.  Have a plan of what to do in case of a fire, and practice it with your whole family.  It doesn’t take long!  See the Fire Escape Plan section below for more information.
  • Beware of clothing fires.  Many children have a tendency to run when they catch fire.  Teach your children to Stop, Drop, cover their face, and Roll!
  • Never hold a baby while cooking.  The same goes for using anything flammable or while carrying anything hot.
  • Distance space heaters.  Keep space heaters three feet away from anything that can burn.  Be sure to supervise children around them at all times, and always unplug them if you’re not in the room.