Monday, October 13, 2008

From My Friends at The Red Cross

I’d like to remind everyone that October is “Fire Safety Month”. Home fires often don’t make headlines, but they are truly devastating to those who experience them. Here are a few quick and simple things you can do to make your home and to keep your family safe:

Test your smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries every six months.

Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years; they become less sensitive over time

Consider having at least one fire extinguisher in your home

Plan at least two escape routes and practice them twice a year.

If a fire does occur, once you’re out, stay out!

If you have to exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke.

If you need to open a door, feel the door first and try a different route out if the door is warm.

If your exits are blocked use a bright colored cloth in the window to signal for help. If there’s a phone in the room, use it to call the fire department and tell them where you are.

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