Today marks the beginning of fire prevention week! Make sure you are Red Cross ready when it comes to house fires with these tips and facts. But first, take our fire safety savvy quiz to see where you stand with fire safety knowledge and what areas you need to brush up on.
The most effective way to keep you and your home safe from house fires is to prevent them. Here are some steps you can take now:
- Identify and remove fire hazards
- Keep flammable items at least three feet away from anything that gets hot
- Install and smoke detectors and check them once a month to make sure they are working
- Never smoke in bed
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep
- Talk to your children about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach
Another important step in fire prevention is creating a fire escape plan. It is important to make sure that everyone in the household knows two ways to escape from every room of your home. Practice makes perfect, so practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Try to switch up the time of day so you are prepared for different scenarios and make sure everyone knows where your safe meeting place is.
If you do experience a fire, try to stay calm and put your plan into action. Here are things to remember during a fire:
- Avoid smoke by crawling underneath it
- Check closed doors for heat – if it’s warm use your second escape route
- Make sure everyone is accounted for when you arrive at your meeting place
- GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL 911
Download the free Red Cross First Aid App to have advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. The app includes first aid information on burns as well as a checklist to make sure you are prepared in case of a house fire. The First Aid App is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.