Fire safety tips

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  • Do not leave food on the stovetop unattended.
  • Have an extinguisher nearby for a possible grease fire.
  • To smother the fire use a mitt to slide the lid over the pan.
  • NEVER use water, which will only make the fire spread.

Open flame

  • Keep candles away from windows, pets’ tails and children.
  • Keep fireplaces clean.
  • Keep fireplaces protected by a screen or glass door.
  • Do not allow kids or pets to play around open flames.

Permanent and non-permanent wiring

  • Be sure to unplug items in your home that you are not using.
  • Do not use extension cords as outlets.
  • Do not overload extension cords or run under carpets or furniture.
  • Be sure to check extension cords for cracks and bends.


  • Always smoke outside.
  • Water down ashtrays and throw contents in an outdoor trash can.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

Space heaters

  • Space heaters need space! At least 3ft in every direction.
  • Do not leave unattended or go to bed with them on.
  • Do not plug into an extension cord.
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Fire escape plan

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

  • Practice with your family at least twice a year
  • Make sure that someone is assigned to assist infants, older adults and pets in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
  • Make sure doors and windows are unblocked
  • Make sure if there are bars on the windows there is a quick release
  • Make sure to keep pathways clear
  • Always sleep with your bedroom door closed.
  • Be sure to have a fire escape plan with two ways out of the bedroom areas.
  • Have a family meeting place at a neighbor’s house across the street or at the corner.
  • Once you are out STAY out.
  • If the smoke alarm goes off, get low, CRAWL to the bedroom door.
  • Feel the door with back of your hand, if it’s hot DO NOT OPEN!
  • Place a blanket under the door to keep smoke and heat out.
  • Crawl to your window, open and yell for the Fire Department.
  • Stay Calm!

Smoke alarms

65 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms

  • Be sure to have a working smoke alarm on EVERY floor of your home. Including the basement and attic.
  • If you have a smoke alarm with a 9 volt battery, replace the batteries every 6 months.
  • Check your smoke alarms once a week if they have a 9 volt battery.
  • Check your smoke alarms once a month if you have a 10 year lithium.