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Fire Safety
Is your home fire safe?
A fire safety checklist by the U.S. Fire Administration

Alternative Heaters

Use heaters only in well ventilated rooms.
Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.
Do not use heaters to dry clothing or other items.
Keep heaters a safe distance from curtains, furniture and all combustibles.

Kerosene Heaters

Be sure Kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
Fill only with K-1 Kerosene, and never use gasoline or camp stove fuel.
It is recommended to refuel Kerosene heaters outdoors and when they're cool.

Wood stoves and Fireplaces

Only use seasoned wood, and never use green wood, artificial logs or trash.
Always use a protective screen.
Clean interiors, hearths and chimneys yearly.

Safe Cooking Practices

Don't leave food unattended on the stove.
Keep dangling clothing away from burners
Keep appliances clean and free of grease and crumbs.
Keep curtains and other combustibles away from the stove.
Make sure the stove is off and small appliances are unplugged before going to bed.

Smoke Detectors

Place smoke detectors near bedrooms and on every floor.
Test the batteries monthly.
Keep smoke detectors away from air vents.
Places smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches away from walls and corners.

Electrical Wiring

Replace wiring if it's frayed or cracked.
Do not place wiring under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas.
Avoid overloading outlets and make sure they stay cool to the touch.
Keep covers over electrical plates and avoid exposed wiring.

Electric Space Heaters

Plug heaters directly into the wall socket, and not into extension cords.
Unplug heaters when they're not being used.

Safe Smoking Habits

Never smoke in bed.
Keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
Always attend burning cigarettes.

Children and Fire Safety

Keep lighters and matches away from children.
Teach children how to call for emergency assistance.
Use safety plugs in electrical outlets.

Home Fire Escape Plan

Have an escape plan and make sure all family members know it.
Practice the plan every six months.
Keep emergency numbers, a whistle, and a flashlight near the telephone.
Identify an outside meeting place and never return into a burning building.
Know how to call for emergency assistance.

Fire Safety Technology

Keep a fire extinguisher handy, especially in the kitchen.
Consider installing residential fire sprinklers.

For More Fire Safety Information

Contact your local Fire Department.
Contact The U. S. Fire Administration at :
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