Three Ways to Protect your Family from Fire
I. Install Smoke Detectors:
Smoke is responsible for three (3) out of four (4) fire deaths. The loud siren (beep) at the first sign of smoke will give your family an extra few minutes to escape safely. Test the smoke detector once a month and change the batteries at least twice a year.
II. Establish an Escape Plan:
Have family meetings to establish escape routes from your residence. Each room should have at least two (2) means of escape. Rope ladders are recommended for upper floor windows. Have practice drills every three (3) months.
III. Place Fire Extinguishers Throughout the Home:
Fire extinguishers can help insure that a fire can be put our before it grow out of control. The basic types of fire extinguishers are:
- TYPE A: to extinguish wood, paper, and fabric fires. Keep one in the garage and the workshop if you have one.
- TYPE B: to extinguish grease, oil, gasoline, petroleum, and other flammable liquid fires. Keep one in the kitchen, the garage, and the workshop.
- TYPE C: to extinguish energized electrical fire. Keep one in the kitchen and laundry room.
- TYPE ABC: for extinguishing all three (3) types of fire.
If You Catch On Fire
STOP where you are. Moving or running feeds air to the flames and worsens the fire.
DROP to the floor. If you stand up, the fire can burn your face. Fold your arms high on your chest to protect your face.
ROLL slowly on the floor or ground, or in a rug or blanket if you can.
COOL off as soon as possible with water for first and second degree burns. For third degree burns or worse, seek medical attention immediately.