The 2017 Fire Safety Tips
On each phone QSOs, we like to read a hint for fire safety. Here is the complete tip list for 2017.
1.Every second counts – plan two ways out.
2.Draw a fire drill map of your home and review it with all members of your household.
3.On the map of your home, mark two exits from each room.
4.Your second route out of a room may be to go out a window.
5.If you can’t get out of a room, stand at the window where firefighters can see you.
6.On the map of your home, mark a path to the outside from each exit.
7.Decide where you will meet outside, and mark it on your map.
8.Practice your home fire drill twice a year, with everyone in your home.
9.Practice one of your two annual home fire drills during the daytime.
10.Practice the other of your two annual home fire drills at night.
11.Practice your two annual home fire drills using different ways out.
12.Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
13.Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
14.Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
15.Once you get outside, stay outside.
16.Never go back inside a burning building.
17.Think about how you will escape from every room, starting with bedrooms.
18.Plan everyone’s role in your home fire drill.
19.Decide who will help the children get out.
20.Decide who will help people with special needs.
21.Share your fire drill plan with babysitters and frequent visitors.
22.Keep your floors, hallways and stairs clear of clutter.
23.Fire extinguishers require planning too.
24.Know how to operate your fire extinguishers before the fire.
25.Know when to use your fire extinguisher, and when to escape.
26.Read and follow the maintenance instructions on your fire extinguishers.
27.Inspect your fire extinguishers monthly.
28.Read and follow the maintenance instructions for your fire extinguisher.
29.When inspecting a dry-chemical fire extinguisher, turn it upside down and slap it smartly, so that the powder doesn’t clump up.
30.After using a fire extinguisher, recharge it or discard it. Don’t just put it back.
31.Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is confined to a small area, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not filled with smoke. Otherwise, follow your escape plan.
32.For many more fire-safety tips, visit the Fire Prevention Week website: www.fpw.org.