Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. In order for them to be effective, check monthly to make sure they are working right. Also, be sure to install smoke alarms on EVERY level of your home and in EVERY sleeping area.
On March 12th we spring forward! This is also the time to put new batteries in ALL of your smoke detectors! (You should change the batteries at least twice every year.)
Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from children.
Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started.
Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe. Watch our video to learn more.
Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stove-top unattended.