How To Prevent A Home Fire | American Red Cross

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Do you know what to do if your home catches fire?

Studies show that you may only have 2 minutes to safely escape a home fire.

But by taking some steps in advance, your family can safely escape in two minutes or less

Here are a few prevention and response tips for home fires.

Prepare by identifying and removing fire hazards in your home.

Anything that gets hot needs plenty of space.

There should be at least three feet between heating items and anything else that could

catch fire.

Turn off space heaters when not in use.

Always avoid smoking in bed and don’t leave candles lit when unattended or at bed time

Make sure your children know they should not play with fire, matches, and lighters.

Keep matches and lighters in high or locked places away from children’s reach.

Be sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and inside and

outside sleeping areas.

Make sure to test them once a month to make sure batteries are working.

And if your smoke alarm is more than ten years old, it’s time to replace it!

Discuss your outside meeting spot and fire escape plan and practice your drill with your

family twice a year.

Make sure everyone can get out safely in under 2 minutes!

By taking those precautionary steps, you’re off to a great start.

But if a fire does occur, you’ll need to know how to respond.

Do not open a door if it feels warm to the back of your hand.

Warm or hot door temperatures could indicate that there is a fire on the other side.

Use a secondary exit instead.

If your exit route is blocked, stay put.

Open a window and wave something white to signal for help, such as a pillowcase or piece

of clothing.

Stay low to the ground and crawl to avoid breathing in smoke.

Follow your family’s escape plan.

Get out of the house, do not go back in, and call 9-1-1 right away.

With these tips you’ll be able to prevent fires and safely and quickly respond if there

is one.

The Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce the number of deaths from home fires by 25%.

For more information, visit w-w-w—dot-red-cross-dot-org-FORWARD-SLASH-FIRE.

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