10 tips for fire safety
1. Crawl low under smoke to your exit
If you have to escape a fire through smoke, crawl low, keeping
your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor,
where the air is cleaner.
2. Plan your escape
Make a home escape plan and hold regular fire drills so everyone in
your household knows what to do in a fire emergency. When escap-
ing a fire, feel the cracks around doors with the back of your hand
before opening them. If they're warm, try another escape route.
3. Install smoke alarms
Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, inside and out-
side of the bedrooms. Test them once a month, and replace their
batteries once a year.
4. Be careful with smoking materials
Never smoke in bed or when you're drowsy or have been drinking or
5. Install an automatic home fire sprinkler system
Automatic fire sprinkler systems control or extinguish fires in
less time than it takes for the fire department to arrive. Consider
installing a system in your home.
6. Use electricity safely
Replace damaged electrical cords and repair appliances that smell,
smoke, or overheat.
7. Cook safely
Never leave cooking unattended, and keep cooking areas clean and
8. Space heaters need space
Keep portable and space heaters at least three feet (one meter)
from anything that can burn.
9. Keep matches and lighters out of sight
Keep matches and lighters away from children-stored up high in a
10. Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire
If your clothing catches fire, stop-don't run. Drop to the ground.
And roll over and over to smother the flames. Cool the burn and
call for emergency assistance, 911 in most areas.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
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