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Home fire safety

HOME FIRE SAFETY

  • When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
  • Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended.
  • Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.
  • Don’t leave hot irons, or burning stovetops and outdoor grills unattended while in use. Double-check that you’ve turned them off after use.
  • Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation in your yard or areas near your home.
  • Make sure the lid stays on your trash can, and store firewood and other combustibles away from your home.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization and photoelectric-type smoke alarms. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.
  • Make a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.
  • Be sure your street address is visibly posted so that firefighters can identify your home in the event of an emergency.

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