• A working smoke alarm will reduce your risk of dying in a fire by 50%.
• Have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside the sleeping areas. For maximum protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
• Test smoke alarms monthly. For battery operated alarms, change the battery when you switch your clocks in the spring and fall.
Home Fire Escape Plan
• Plan your escape with everyone in the family.
• Make sure there are two ways out of every room.
• If you live in an apartment, don’t use the elevator. Use the stairs instead.
• Choose a meeting place outside where everyone will go once they have left the building.
• Once you are outside, STAY OUT! When everyone is safely out, go to a neighbour’s house and call the fire department. ESCAPE FIRST, THEN CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!
• Never leave cooking unattended. Set a timer to remind yourself to turn off burners and the oven.
• Wear tight fitting clothing or roll up your sleeves while you cook.
• Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can’t bump them and children can’t reach them.
• Keep the stove surface free from grease, combustible materials and clutter.
• If a grease fire occurs use oven mitts and carefully slide a lid or cookie sheet over the pan and turn off the burner.
• Keep children away from the stove whether it is on or off.
• Don’t hide treats above the stove area. Children have a way of knowing where they are and may climb on the stove to get at them.
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