Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, automatic sprinklers, and home escape plans are the keys to survival in home fires. More important than those, though, is the development and practicing of maintaining a fire safe environment. Some points covered here are discussed in more detail throughout this document and should be thoroughly understood.
Fire Do's and Don'ts
Throughout The House
- DO install a smoke detector on every floor.
- DO plan your escape routes in case fire does strike.
- DO have your heating systems checked for blockage and proper mechanical operation each season.
- DO keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- DON'T overload electrical outlets or extension cords.
- DON'T put ashtrays on chair or sofa arms.
- DON'T run electrical cords under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.
- DON'T leave unattended cigarettes burning in ashtrays.
- DON'T staple electrical cords to walls or otherwise pierce the insulation
- DON'T smoke in bed.
- DON'T place heaters within three feet of flammable materials.
- DON'T use heaters to dry clothes.
- DON'T use extension cords with portable heaters.
- DON'T leave heaters unattended or go to sleep while they are on.
- DO unplug heaters after you turn them off.
- DO purchase a cooking time that will ring until you shut it off. Use it to remind you if you leave the room.
- DO keep combustibles off of the cooking area.
- DO keep appliance cords out of reach of children.
- DO regularly check for worn cords or damaged plugs.
- DO keel an ABC rated fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
- DO check the kitchen before going to bed. Oven off? Coffee pot unplugged?
- DO - If a fire occurs
- Turn off the burner.
- Smother the fire with a lid or shut the oven door.
- If there is no fire extinguisher, use BAKING SODA to douse open flames.
- Evacuate the house and call the fire department.
- DON'T overload electrical outlets.
- DON'T use the stove or oven to warm yourself or house.
- DON'T leave food unattended on the stove. If you must leave the kitchen, take a wooden spoon or a potholder as a reminder.
- DON'T cook wearing sleeves that can dangle near the burners.
- DON'T store your fire extinguisher above the stove or oven.
- DON'T let grease build up on your stove or oven.
- DON'T let crumbs build up in your toaster.
- DON'T let curtains hand near your range.
- DON'T - if a fire occurs
- risk moving the pot or pan.
- put water on a grease fire.
- use flour or BAKING POWDER on ony fire.
- try to fight any fire that spreads further than the stovetop or oven.