How Safe Is Your Home From Fire? These Tips Could Save Your Life!

We asked experts to share need-to-know fire prevention tips. Plus, what you and your family should - and should never - do if fire breaks out in your home. (16 Photos)

Jennifer Steil on Jan 27, 2012 at 3:18PM

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How Safe Is Your Home From Fire? These Tips Could Save Your Life!

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Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Like smoke alarms, these should be properly installed on every floor, including the basement and within 15 feet of sleeping areas. Do not place within 20 feet of a furnace or in a humid area such as a bathroom. If the alarm sounds, gather your family, get outside, and call the fire department, says Tom Carmody, a firefighter in Cranston, Rhode Island. “Let us figure out the problem. CO is invisible and odorless, you will never know if there is a true emergency by just looking around. We will come in with our meters and determine the cause of the alarm.” Some alarms on the market detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.

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