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Fire Safety Tips - Working Together for Home Fire Safety
Each year, fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Know the four home fire risks.

The #1 cause of home fires is unattended cooking, make sure ovens, stoves and other appliances are clean and well maintained.  Remember to keep flammable objects a safe distance from space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves.  Do not overload wall outlets with plugs. Use a power strip. Make sure cords on electrical appliances aren't worn. Smoking is the cause of the most fire-related deaths.  Use deep ashtrays and empty them often. Never smoke in bed. Keep smoking material, matches and lighters away from children.
Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival. Install one smoke alarm on each level of your house. Test your smoke alarms monthly, and replace the batteries twice a year.
Five steps for planning a safe escape:

  •    Draw a floor plan of your home
  •    Use arrows to show 2 ways out of each room
  •    Designate a "safe meeting" place outside
  •    Designate a family member to call 911
  •    Review the plan with your family on a regular basis
Practice, Practice, Practice!
In a real fire you don't have time to think about what you should do. Fire drills will make the steps of a safe escape second nature. Hold practice drills at night when most fires occur, and hold surprise drills to make sure your family responds quickly