Are you doing enough to prevent a home fire? Despite a recent study revealing that 97 percent of households have installed smoke alarms, home fires continue to be the third leading cause of unintentional home injury-related deaths.
To reduce fire-related injuries, the Home Safety Council suggests a two-pronged approach: First, install and test smoke detectors, and then create a fire escape plan for your household.
Installing & Testing Smoke Detectors
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement, and in or near all sleeping areas.
- Test smoke detectors at least once a month, as well as upon return from an extended vacation or trip. Replace batteries at least once a year.
- Never disable smoke detectors, even temporarily.
Creating a Fire Escape Plan
- Gather the entire household and devise a plan.
- Practice your plan with the entire family at least twice a year so everyone can be prepared.
- Select a location a safe distance from your home as a spot for a post-escape meeting.
- Once out, stay out. Under no circumstances should anyone re-enter a burning building.
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