At a Glance . . . Preventing & Surviving Home Fires



What You Can Do to Prevent
and Survive Home Fires...


Smoke Detectors

Install smoke detectors on every level, near bedrooms, in the garage, etc. Keep away from air vents.

Test the batteries monthly and replace them at least twice a year.



Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.

Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.


Portable Heaters

Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything else that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.

Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.


Fire Escape Drills

Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room.

Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice using it.

Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire.

Know how to call for emergency assistance.


Safe Cooking Practices

Keep items that could catch fire away from the stove, such as towels, clothing and curtains.

Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and know when and how to use it.


Safe Smoking Habits

Never smoke in bed.

Keep matches and lighters away from children.


Using Your Escape Plan

Crawl low, under smoke, and keep your mouth covered.

Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit. If not hot, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire.

Meet at the designated meeting place outside, then call for help--never return to a burning building.