The 2018 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. Look. Listen. Learn.
2.“LOOK” for places fire could start.
3.Take a good look around your home for fire hazards.
4.Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
5.Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
6.Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
7.Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
8.Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
9.Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
10.Keep heaters in good working condition. Have them checked every year.
11.Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
12.Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
13.Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
14.“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm.
15.Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
16.You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.
17.Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
18.Install smoke alarms on every level of your house.
19.Install carbon-monoxide alarms on every level of your home.
20.Install carbon-monoxide alarms 5-20 feet (2-6 meters) from each heater, fireplace, or other source of carbon monoxide.
21.Smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
22.Test smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms at least once a month using the test button.
23.Change your smoke alarm batteries twice a year. It’s so simple and it could save your life.
24.Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the alarm and knows how to respond.
25.“LEARN” two ways out of every room.
26.Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
27.Make sure all doors and windows leading outside are free of clutter.
28.Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.
29.Discuss your home escape plan with everyone in your home.
30.Have an outside meeting place, like a tree, mailbox, or lamp post, a safe distance from your home.
31.Practice your fire drill twice a year, in the daytime and nighttime.
32.Practice your escape plan using different ways out of your home.
33.Teach your children how to escape in case you can’t help them.
34.When you are safe, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.
35.Invest in a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
36.Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
37.For many more fire-safety tips, visit the Fire Prevention Week website: www.fpw.org.