Fire Safety Tips
Tips for Fire Safety
- Be Cautious When Smoking
Use large ashtrays and soak ashes or cigarette butts before disposing of them. Never smoke in bed or when on medications, sleepy, or intoxicated.
- Candle With Care
Never leave a burning candle unattended and make sure that the candle is in a solid base. Place candles at least one foot away from anything that burns and extinguish them when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Cool A Burn
If a burn occurs, place the burned area under cool water right away. If a burn blisters or chars, see a physician immediately.
- Crawl Low Under Smoke
Smoke can be deadly. If you encounter smoke, try using an alternative exit. If you must exit through smoke, the cleanest air will be close to the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees to the closest exit.
- Keep an Eye on the Stove
Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires. Never leave cooking food unattended. Always have a lid nearby to place over a pan in case of fire.
- Keep Matches and Lighters Out of Reach
Children under age six are the most likely to start a fire by playing with matches and lighters. Keep them up high and in a locked cabinet.
- Space Heaters Need Space
Keep fixed or portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
- Stop, Drop and Roll
Everyone should know this rule. If your clothes catch on fire, don’t run! Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll until the flames go out.
- Use Electricity Safely
If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace electrical cords that are frayed or cracked. Don’t run cords under furniture or rugs and don’t overload extension cords.
Home Fire Safety Checklist
Generally, people feel the safest from fire in their home. But how safe is your home from fire? Go through the Home Fire Safety Survey and see if there are any hazards that you should correct immediately.