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National Fire Prevention Week

Tips to keep you safe during a fire. Help celebrate National Fire Prevention Week.

National Fire Prevention Week

The . has been visiting school students throughout this month speaking to the students about Fire Safety, including smoke detectors and The Friendly Firefighter.

Is your home safe? Here is a check list to help your make your home safe.

  • Is your smoke detector working?

Check your smoke detector once a month, change the batteries twice a year, and clean it once a week.

  • Do you have a home escape plan?

Know how to get out of your house if there is a fire. Your first way out is the door, your second way out is the window. If you sleep on the second floor make sure you have an escape ladder, if you do not have a roof under your window. Make sure everyone in your family knows where your meeting place is for your whole family.

  • Do you have a small fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

For small kitchen fires, a home fire extinguisher can be very handy, if you use a fire extinguisher you should always call 911 and have the fire company come and make sure the fire is out. The fire extinguisher should be an ABC dry powder extinguisher. You can also use baking soda, a pan lid, or an extremely wet dish towel to put out pan fires.

  • What do you use to treat a small burn?

If you get a small burn while cooking, run your hand under cool water for 15 minutes, if you notice blisters or the pain gets worse call 911 for an ambulance or seek further medical attention.

Remember that safety is not just today or this week, but everyday of your life.

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