TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE!
TIPS to HELP YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE a FIRE from The AMERICAN RED CROSS
* INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS on EVERY level of your home! Including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each Smoke Alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in Smoke Alarms at least once a year. IMMEDIATELY install a new battery if a Smoke Alarm chirps; warning the battery is low!
* TEACH YOUR CHILDREN what Smoke Alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
* ENSURE that ALL household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.
* PRACTICE your Fire Escape Plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day! Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
* EMPHASIZE ~ “GET OUT, STAY OUT”! ~ Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire; EVEN IF other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside!
* USE Quick-Release Devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without Quick-Release devices can trap you in a deadly fire! If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a Quick-Release device!
* CONSIDER Escape Ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows!
* TEACH household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire!
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