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Make Your Home Fire Safe...
    • Smoke detectors save lives. Install a battery-powered detector on each level of your home, as well as in the garage.
    • Check each smoke detector at least twice a year. Replace the batteries once a year.
    • Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
    • Check for home fire hazards and fix them.

Plan Your Escape Routes...

    • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room in your home.
    • Make or purchase rope or chain ladders to use to climb out of rooms above the first floor, and practice using it.
    • Select a location where everyone would meet after escaping your home.
    • Discuss what you would do about family pets if you need to escape from a fire.
Conduct Periodic Fire Drills...
    • Remember: crawl low under the smoke to escape. Teach small children how to do this and have everyone practice their escape routes with their eyes closed to simulate smoke visibility.
    • Close the door as you leave a room and feel closed doors before you enter a room. A hot door probably means the room on the other side is in flames.
    • Practice the stop-drop-and-roll way to put out flaming clothing.
    • Get everyone out quickly. Escape first, then call the fire department.
    • Have a central area where everyone should meet after escaping the house. This way, everyone is accounted for and safe.