Fire Safety Tips

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Smoke Detectors


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Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, near bedrooms, but not inside the bedroom, as well as in the garage and away from air vents.

Test your smoke detector's batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year. When changing clocks in the Spring and Fall, change detector batteries.

Replace smoke detectors after 10 years.


Carbon Monoxide

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Most new homes have carbon monoxide detectors. Devices are now available which combine both carbon monoxide and smoke detection in one unit. Please consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

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Remove your car from the garage if it needs to be warmed up in cold weather.

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Refrain from using kerosene heaters in the home. They are the number one cause of death from carbon monoxide.

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Check furnaces, fire places, water heaters, and wood stoves annually to ensure that they are working properly.

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If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds or you believe you may be suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide, The Rural Fire Department recommends you Dial 911 for emergency help.

 
Portable Heaters

 

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Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything else that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters.

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Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use.

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Never leave portable or space heaters unattended.


Safe Cooking Practices

 

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Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as towels, clothing and curtains.

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Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen at all times, and know when and how to use it. Have a multiclass fire extinguisher and store it away from the stove for easy access in an emergency. If you have questions about how to use your fire extinguisher, contact your local fire department.

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Remember...PASS
P- PULL TAB
A- AIM
S- SQUEEZE
S- SWEEP


Electricity

 

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Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.

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Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpet and furniture.

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Inspect all electrical cords for fraying and check that insulation is intact.


Safe Smoking Habits


Don't smoke

Never smoke in bed or when sleepy or sick.

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Keep matches and lighters away from children.


Fire Escape Drills

 

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Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room of your home. Be sure your children learn your home's fire escape plan.

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Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels of your home and practice using it.

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Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

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Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire.

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Crawl low, under the smoke, and keep your mouth covered.

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Feel closed doors with the back of your hand before opening. If they are hot, use another exit. If they are cool to the touch, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire.

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Know how to call 911 for emergency assistance. Use 911 only in an emergency. To reach the Newberry County Dispatch Center for non-emergency calls, dial (803) 321-2222.

 

If Your Clothing Catches Fire

Stop what you are doing, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll until the flames are extinguished.

Remember...

STOP
DROP
ROLL

 

Fires in the Home

In 1999, there were 3,570 civilian fire deaths in the United States.

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There were 2,895 deaths from fires in one- and two-family homes that year.

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81% of all fire deaths in the US occur in home fires.

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In 1999, there were an estimated21,875 civilian fire injuries, of which16,050 occured in homes


Kitchen

 

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Never leave cooking unattended.

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Always set a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off burners and the oven.


Appliances

 

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Have your furnace checked every year by a professional.

Children

 

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Teach children how to dial 911- only in an emergency.

 

Your Home
 

Make sure your roof is noncombustible or fire resistant. If the roofing is not slate/tile, it should be labeled "Class C."

 

In Case of Fire
 

If you detect a fire or smoke, get out and stay out.

Practice emergency exit drills to identify and correct obstructions.