Living Area Safety Tips
Install smoke detectors
- Smoke detectors should be placed either on
the ceiling or 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling on a wall.
|Plan escape routes
- Plan, know and rehearse your escape route. It is best if you can
plan two escape routes. Make sure everyone in the family understands
the route and knows where the meeting place is. Remember! Get
out first then call 911 at a neighbor's house.
- Have a deep, large, non-tip ashtray for smokers. Before going to
bed, check for smoldering cigarettes under cushions of chairs and
couches. Keep all matches and lighters up high, where children can
not reach or see them.
- Use a metal screen or glass door around your fireplace.
- Have your chimney inspected by a professional once a year. Use
only seasoned, dry wood. Always discard ashes in a metal container
and never store ashes on wooden decks or porches.
- Keep any type of heater at least three feet from anything that
will burn. Always turn off heater before going to bed or leaving the
house. Never allow children to be left alone near any type of
heater. Refuel outside after the until has cooled down. Use proper
- Never cover lamps with clothing or other combustibles. Clothing,
paper, curtains or other combustible materials could come in contact
with a hot light bulb and cause a fire.
- Check electrical cords. Electrical cords could have frays, tears
or exposed wire. If you find one, discard it immediately.