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Two Rivers: Fire Safety at Home

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When it comes to fire, be smart! If the fires is too big for you to handle, immediately get out of the house. Do not stop to gather anything or to do anything. Once you are outside, stay outside. Intense heat and toxic fumes can kill you. Once you have gotten safely out of the house call 911 with your location as soon as possible.

Fire is a very good reason to practice getting out of your home in a quick safe manner. We recommend having copies of all important documents in a fire proof box or stored elsewhere.

Plan and Practice Fire Safety:

  • Choose a reunion place outside your home, the same as your primary meeting place in the event of other reasons to evacuate your home. Have a way to remind family members of this location
  • Draw the floor plan of your home and discuss two ways to exit each room.
  • Hold a fire drill at least twice a year. If able, blindfold yourself and crawl to exit routes, to simulate a smoke-filled house.

Fire Extinguisher Safety

To operate a fire extinguisher remember to use PASS:

  • Pull the Pin
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire

Smoke Detectors

  • It is recommended to test your smoke detectors every month
  • Change the batteries every 6 months
  • Replace the alarm system every 10 years

Candle Safety

  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning
  • Always use a candle holder
  • Only burn candles in a well ventilated room
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings and other debris
  • Follow the manufacturers recommendations on burn time and proper use
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