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Alarms, Escape & Walk Throughs
Smoke Alarms 
  • Consider buying a lithium battery powered smoke alarm, which may last up to ten years with no battery change
  • Have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside bedrooms
  • Install smoke alarms away from air vents
  • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or walls, at least four inches from corners
  • Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries at least once every year
  • When affixed to walls, smoke alarms should be between four and 12 inches from the ceiling

Escape Planning 
  • Crawl low, under smoke
  • Develop a fire escape plan with your household and practice often
  • Escape first and then call for emergency assistance
  • Feel closed doors. If hot, use another exit
  • Identify a place to meet household members outside. Never re-enter a burning building
  • Know two ways to exit from every room in your home
  • Make sure safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home
 
Fire Safety Walk Through 
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces and leave glass doors open while burning a fire
  • Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed
  • Check for frayed wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, flammable and decorative materials
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a professional
  • Keep clothes, blankets, curtains, and other combustibles at least three feet from space heaters
  • Keep clothes, towels, and other combustibles away from stove burners
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children
  • Never leave cigarettes unattended
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Never overload electrical sockets
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Place space heaters where they will not tip over easily