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Protect Your Home Against Fire…Planning Saves Lives

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Protect Your Home Against Fire…Planning Saves Lives

  • Never leave small children alone in the home, even for a minute.

  • Install smoke alarms in furnace and sleeping areas. Check batteries once a month.

  • Plan several escape routes from the house. Plan a place to meet right after leaving the house.

  • Conduct home fire drills.

  • Do not smoke in bed.

  • Dispose of cigarette butts, matches, and ashes with care.

  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.

  • Be sure your gas water heater is off the ground. Spilled flammable liquids will be ignited by the pilot light.

  • Do not clean clothes with flammable liquids.

  • Place a barrier around open flames.

  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing near a stove, fireplace, or open space heater.

  • Have your heating system checked and cleaned yearly.

  • Check electric appliances and cords regularly for wear or loose connections.

  • Use only 15-ampere fuses for lighting circuits. Never use a substitute for a fuse.

  • Place fire extinguishers around the home where the risk of fire is greatest — in the kitchen and furnace room, and near the fireplace.

In Case Of Fire

  • Get everyone outside right away. Go to your planned meeting place.

  • Do not stop to dress or put out the fire. (Most deaths occur from suffocation due to hot fumes and smoke, not from direct burning.)

  • Call the fire department from a neighbor's house.

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