October 19, 2015 1:10 am
Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, fire safety and preparedness is of the utmost importance. To protect against fires, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following dos and don’ts.
DO keep a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Stay safe with smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and each separate sleeping area.
DO address your needs. If you require eyeglasses, a hearing aid, a cane or a wheelchair, ensure they are next to your bed to quickly grab if necessary. If there is a fire, you may have less than three minutes to get out of your home. Be ready to act immediately.
DO make a fire escape plan with at least two ways out of every room. Identify a meeting place in the front of your home to verify that everyone is safe and help firefighters ensure everyone exited safely.
DON’T forget to test your smoke alarm every month. The risk of fatality in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. If your alarm doesn’t sound when tested, it’s time to replace it.
DON’T assume you’ll hear the fire alarm if it sounds. If you test the alarm and can’t hear it, consider getting a strobe light that will flash or a bed shaker that will shake when the smoke alarm sounds.
DON’T stop to call 911 until you’re safely outside and away from danger. Stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
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