Home Fire Safety
Fire is one of the most
common disasters and causes more deaths than any other type of disaster. But
fire does not have to be deadly if you take precautions and have an escape plan.
Please be serious about the responsibility of planning for and practicing what
to do in case of a fire. Get together with household members to discuss and
finalize a personalized Fire Plan. Practice your plan frequently. Here are some
guidelines you can use in preparing your emergency plan:
Make your home fire safe
Smoke detectors save lives.
Install smoke detectors outside each sleeping area and on each additional
level of your residence. Keep new batteries on hand.
Use the test button to
check each smoke detector once a month. When necessary replace batteries
immediately. Replace batteries at least once a year.
Have a working fire
extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure it is properly charged.
Use the gauge or test
button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or
corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced. Get training from the
fire department on how to use the fire extinguisher.
Keep blankets, clothing,
curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot and catch fire away from
Plug heaters directly into
the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.
Keep items away from the
stove that could catch fire.
Use safety plugs in
electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.
electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.
Plan your escape routes
- Draw a floor plan of
your home. Determine at least 2 ways to escape from every room in your home.
- If you must use an
escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
- Have a plan to escape
if bars cover windows.
- Select a location
outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
- Once you are out, stay
- Know how to call for
If you see smoke in your
first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke,
crawl low under the smoke to escape.
If you are escaping through
a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second
If smoke, heat or flames
block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help
using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the
room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.
You can help protect
yourself and your family from the dangers of fire by planning NOW for an
emergency. Be smart – be safe.
For additional information
on home fire safety
or to become a Disaster Resistant Neighborhood, please contact the Van Buren
County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Domestic Preparedness,
Lt. Robert Kurk, 269-657-7786.
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