Fire Prevention Week will be held in the U.S. this year between October 9 and October 15. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
That’s just one of many safety tips you can practice around your home. Here are more to consider to protect you and your loved ones:
- Create a fire escape plan at home and share it with all family members, then practice the plan at least twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out and call for help.
- When frying, grilling, baking, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or oven.
- Keep anything that can catch fire, such as towels, clothing, or plastic, away from the stove.
- Never use a grill, camp stove, generator, or other gasoline, natural gas, charcoal, or propane-burning device inside a home, garage, or any partially enclosed area.
- Turn off portable heaters when you go to sleep or leave a room.
- Teach household members to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes should catch on fire.
- Use fire extinguishers only if the fire is confined to a small area and is not spreading, and the room is not filled with smoke.
- Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:
- Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
- Decide where your family members should meet outside should a fire occur in your home.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your house, especially inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month. If they aren’t working, replace the batteries and re-test them.
- If a carbon monoxide alarm is activated, move quickly to an open window or door or an area where there is fresh air.
- Teach children the purpose of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and let them know what they sound like.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children and teach them the dangers of both.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, stoves, and space heaters.
Although Fire Prevention Week is coming up, it’s best to practice fire safety throughout the year.