Safety in your home

1) Have a working smoke alarm. According to the NFPA, 70 percent of all home fire deaths occur in homes with no alarms or no working alarms.

Check, that they are in good working order, with good batteries. Make a note to replace them every six months. For instance around New Year and the Forth of July.

2) Hold regularly scheduled emergency preparation drills.

Know what to do in the event of a fire: Develop a plan with your family to safely evacuate your home. Each livable room should have two reasonable exit points. Consider placing rope ladders in each second floor bedrooms along with flashlights. Place a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it. Register your home with the local “Tot Finder” program to aid firefighters and predetermine a rendezvous point that is a safe distance from your home.

Remember that practice makes perfect. Conduct home fire drills on a regular basis at different times using different scenarios. With that, you will be more prepared to deal with an emergency.

For more information you can visit www.nfpa.org or contact your local fire prevention program.

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