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Fire Prevention

Although it’s difficult to prepare for the unexpected, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire is strongly recommended… and don't forget to practice your escape plan!

  • Install working smoke alarms on every level; and inside and outside of each sleeping area.

  • Develop a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside.

  • Make sure your plan allows for any specific needs in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get out quickly.

  • Practice using the plan, at least twice a year.

  • Some studies have shown that some children and adults may not awaken to the sound of a smoke alarm; they may need help waking up.

  • If the smoke alarm sounds: Go to your closest exit, and if you run into smoke, turn and use another way out. If you must exit through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Don't take time to pick up belongings; just get out and help others get out. Move fast but stay calm.


Watch this video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology

which shows just how quickly a fire can make your home an inferno. 

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