With the help of the American Red Cross we've compiled a very basic fire safety checklist:
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working by pushing the test button.
- Change smoke alarm batteries at least once a year. Changing them when you change your clocks for daylight-savings is a great way to remember.
- Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years as they may become unreliable or ineffective after that time.
- Never disable smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensure that all household member know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
- Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day.
- Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL 9-1-1.
- Never open doors that are warm to the touch, use your second way out.
- If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. If possible, place a wet towel under the door and call 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
Make an escape route, practice it, talk about what would happen if there were to be a fire in your house, and be prepared!