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Family Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety is a family affair ~ can your family pass this test?

Do you have smoke alarms on each floor of your home?
It's best to have one in the common areas and one at the entrance to each room or in each room.

Does your family check their smoke alarms once a month?
Remember a smoke alarm that doesn’t work is like having no smoke alarm at all!

Does your family know how to report a fire?
(Remember to call 911 from outside your house. Give name, location and type of fire).

Does your family have a plan ~ do they all know 2 ways out of the house or apartment? Do they all know the meeting place once you are out of the house?

Does your family know how to fight a grease fire in the kitchen?
(Never pour water on it: smother it with a lid or use a fire extinguisher).

When cooking in the kitchen, does your family know to use pot holders and to never wear loose clothing with draping sleeves too close to a burner?

Does your family know what to do when fire breaks out in the bedroom?
(Stay low, feel the door to see if it's hot; opening the door could kill you because it adds oxygen to the fire. If the door is hot ~ use another escape route like the window). Make sure your windows are not painted shut!

Does your family know to always keep an eye on space heaters?
Never leave them too close to bedding or furniture. (You need at least 3 feet of clearance from any object).

Do your children know not to play with matches and lighters?

Protect your family from fire and practice fire safety everyday!

For additional tips please contact Cinda Seamon, Fire & Life Safety Educatoremail icon, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue, 843-682-5141.