Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies

 Know two ways out of every room

 Crawl low under Smoke

 Change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year

FIRE EMERGENCIES HAPPEN TO EVERYONE -- NOT JUST CHILDREN

EVERYONE NEEDS TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY EVERY DAY!

FIRE SAFETY AT HOME:

ELIMINATE HAZARDS

  • Keep space heaters away from anything that can burn
  • Store all flammable materials away from heat
  • Don't let trash accumulate in attic, basement or garage
  • Don't run extension cords behind rugs or curtains
  • Use fuses, circuit breakers and appliances with UL (Underwriters Laboratory) seal only
  • Don't overlaod circuits

FIRE PREVENTION

  • Keep operational fire extinguishers handy
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors

DEVELOP ESCAPE PLAN

  • Develop and memorize escape route
  • Assign responsibility for evacuating infants, elderly and infirm
  • Choose meeting place outside home
  • Keys must be easily accessible
  • Hold frequent fire drills
  • Test every door, be sure there's no fire on the other side
  • Know two (2) ways out

DURING A FIRE

  • Leave personal belongings behind
  • Don't go back for any reason
  • If clothing catches fire: STOP, DROP and ROLL
  • In dense smoke crawl on the floor to the nearest exit 

CARBON MONOXIDE -- CO EMERGENCIES

     Carbon Monoxide is produced by burning fuel.  When cooking or heating appliances are kept in good working order, they produce little CO.  Improperly operating appliances can  produce fatal CO concentrations in your home.

SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING: (the initial symptoms of CO poisoining are similar to the flu but without the fever)

  • headache
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • dizziness

     If you suspect CO poisoning, get fresh air immediately! Leave the home and call for assistance from a neighbor's.  You could lose consciousness and die from CO poisoning if you stay in the home.

WHAT YOU CAN DO -- 

          Install a battery-operated CO alarm or plug-in CO alarm with battery back up in your home       Every home should have a CO alarm in the hallway near the bedrooms in each separate sleeping area.

          Make sure appliances are installed according to the manufacturer's instructions and the local codes. 

          Have the heating system (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.

          Examine vents and chimneys regularly for improper connections, visible cracks, rust or stains.

          Operate generators, outdoor grills, vehicles, lawnmowers, ect.  OUTDOORS! and away from open doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors