Fire safety checklist

Have you installed fire detectors in bedrooms and hallways, and on each level of your house? Fire alarms double your chance of survival in a home fire!

Do you check fire alarm batteries every month and change them at least twice a year?

Do you keep emergency numbers by the phone? Have you taught your children and babysitters how to use them?

Do you have family fire drills (using the alarm) to prepare the family for a real emergency?

Have you informed family members to get out of the house immediately if there is a fire and call the fire department from a neighbor's house?

Does everyone in your family know the number one rule in case of fire? Get everyone out of the house and do not go back inside!

Do your children have two methods of exit from your house and know how to use them?

Have you cleared debris and furniture from all exit routes?

Does your family know to feel all doors before exiting a room? If the door is hot, move out of the way and use an alternate exit.

In the event of a home fire, do you have an outdoor location where family members can meet?

Do children understand the concept of "stop, drop and roll"? (When clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll back and forth, shielding face from fire with hands.)

In a fire, does your family know to "drop" to the ground and stay low, where air contains less smoke and is cooler?

Do you always stay nearby when you are cooking food? Careless cooking is the number one cause of house fires.

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