Fires in homes are most often caused by cooking accidents, smoking or unsafe use of woodstoves or space heaters. Here are some things you can do to avoid a home fire or protect yourself during a fire.
Protecting Against Fires
- Install smoke detectors in or near all sleeping areas and on every level of your home, including the basement. Check smoke detectors on a regular basis and replace the batteries twice yearly.
- Have A-B-C type fire extinguishers. Teach family members how to use them.
- Know the location of all exits including windows. If you live in an apartment, count the number of doorways between your apartment and the two nearest exits.
If Fire Strikes
- If there is a fire — evacuate. Do not go back inside. Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house
- Be sure all family members are accounted for. If someone is missing, let the fire department know.