Make your home fire-safe

  • Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.

  • If people sleep with doors closed, install smoke alarms inside sleeping areas, too.

  • Use the test button to check each smoke alarm once a month. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

  • Vacuum away cobwebs and dust from your smoke alarms monthly.

  • Smoke alarms become less sensitive over time. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.

  • Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. Get training from the fire department in how to use them.

  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your home.

Plan your escape routes

  • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.

  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them and store them near the window.

  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.

  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

 Escape safely

  • Once you are out, stay out! Call the fire department or 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house.

  • If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to your exit.

  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use your second way out.

  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department or 9-1-1 and tell them where you are.

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