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Home Fire Escape Plan

     While smoke alarms alert people to fires, families still need to develop and practice home fire escape plans so that they can get out quickly.

     1.  Draw a floor plan of your home, showing two ways out of each room, including


     2.  Practice the escape plan at least twice a year, making sure that everyone is involved

          from kids to grandparents. If there are infants or family members with mobility

          limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them.

     3.  Agree on an outside meeting place where everyone can meet after they've escaped.

          Remember to get out first, then call for help. Never go back inside until the fire

          department gives the OK.


Reduce the risk of fire in your home

     The home should be a safe haven. In reality, it is where most injuries and devastating property losses occur. In fact, home injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5 and fire is the second leading cause of accidental death in the home. Additionally, property losses exceed 4 billion dollars annually. The long-term emotional damage to victims and their loved ones is incalculable.

To keep your family and property safe, practice the following safety tips:

     1.  Dial 911 for police, fire and ambulance.

     2.  Install smoke alarms.

     3.  A minimum of one for each level of home. One in each bedroom is better.

     4.  Test the alarms monthly.

     5.  Change battery once a year.

     6.  Install carbon monoxide detector if home has gas appliances

     7.  Keep a 5lb ABC fire extinguisher on each level of home.

     8.  If your home has a residential sprinkler system, be sure to test it at least once a

             year. If not, consider having a residential sprinkler system installed to protect your

             family and their belongings.

     9.  Learn CPR.