Are You Prepared In Case Of Fire?
The best preparation for fire is to prevent it.
If a fire occurs in spite of all your efforts, know exactly how to escape.
Fire Prevention in the Kitchen, Where Many Fires Start
With some obvious exceptions (such as turkey roasting),don't leave the kitchen while something is cooking, because you might become occupied and forget until it's too late.
Use a loud-ring timer to remind you when to turn off burners.
Don't wear loose-fitting clothing; especially avoid loose-fitting sleeves.
Roll up long sleeves.
Don't hang flammable items such as curtains or dish towels, near the stove.
Keep stove surfaces free of clutter and built-up grease.
Don't cook if you're drowsy or have been drinking.
DO NOT pour water on a grease fire. Smother it. If it's in a cooking pot, use a pot holder to slide a cover over the pan. Leave it in place until it cools.
If You Allow Smoking in the House
Provide smokers with large, deep non-tip ashtrays.
Don't place ash trays in unstable locations such as chair arms.
Wet down ashtray contents before emptying into a wastebasket.
Never smoke in bed.
Fire Prevention Throughout the House
Install smoke detectors near or in all sleeping areas and on every level of the house.
Carbon monoxide detectors are also desirable in some areas.
Test them monthly and change their batteries in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
If you go on vacation, test the detectors when you return.
Keep heaters of all kinds several feet from anything flammable, including you. And of course, don't operate them on carpeting.
Make sure each heater has a "tip switch".
W. A. Shapiro