Oct 06 2010
The Garage Plan Shop has a few fire safety tips to share with you for Fire Prevention Week. These tips and safe practices will help protect you, your family, your pets and your home from potential home fire damage and injury. Be smart and follow safe fire prevention practices.
1. Install Smoke Detectors and Maintain Them: Smoke detectors are proven to be an important tool in saving lives and preventing injuries as a result of home fires. Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for installation and test the detectors once a week. Replace batteries twice a year following this rule of thumb: Replace batteries when daylight savings time begins and ends (each time you set your clocks back or forward one hour.) Also replace batteries when the smoke detector chirps signaling the battery is dead. Never remove batteries from the detectors for other uses or disconnect them.
2. Plan Your Escape and Practice: If a fire breaks out in your home, get out fast! Once you are out of the house, DO NOT go back inside. Plan two escape routes from each room in the home and choose a specific meeting place outside the home where the entire family can gather (i.e. the mailbox across the street or a neighbor’s driveway.) Practice your escape plan at least two times a year with all family members.
3. Learn and Practice STOP, DROP and ROLL: Even small children can learn this basic lifesaving rule. If your clothes or you body catches on fire, do not run. Instead, stop where you are, drop to the ground or floor and roll over and over to smother the flames. Also, cover your face to protect it and prevent lung damage by inhaling smoke. Practice this technique with every family member.
4. Crawl Low Below Smoke: If you encounter smoke following your primary escape route, use your alternate route. However, if you must travel through smoke, drop to the floor or ground and crawl on your hands and knees. Clean air will be just above the floor.
5. Get a Fire Extinguisher and Learn How to Use It: Buy a fire extinguisher for your home. If you have a large house, consider having a fire extinguisher on each level including the basement. Put it/them in places that are easy to access, but out of the reach of small children. Sometimes using a fire extinguisher with a small home fire before the fire department arrives will make a huge difference in saving your home and belongings. However, it is necessary that you use good judgment. If it is a large fire, do not try to use the fire extinguisher. Exit your home immediately and wait for the tire department to arrive. It is not worth risking your life.
Following these fire safety practices will increase your chances of escaping death or injury in a fire. Look for more information about fire prevention and safety in an upcoming Garage Plan Shop blog.
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