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Safety and Prevention at Home


  • Equip your home with a least one smoke detector on each floor.
  • Keep at least one dry-powder operative ABC-type fire extinguisher in the home at all times.
  • Keep areas around heat sources free of papers and trash.
  • Store paints, solvents and flammable liquids away from all heat and ignition sources.
  • Develop a fire escape plan before a fire occurs. Be certain that all members of the household understand the plan and are able to carry out the plan in case of emergency. Be sure the plan includes a predetermined meeting place outside the house.
  • If your clothing catches fire, don't run! Drop down immediately and roll to smother the flames. Teach your family how to do this.
  • Follow safety guidelines when using gas grills, space heaters, kerosene heaters and gas-fired water heaters.
  • Have chimneys and clothes dryers cleaned and inspected regularly to prevent fires.
  • Have old uncoated brass gas connectors replaced to avoid explosions.
  • Be sure heat tape is new, properly installed and maintained.
  • Be careful with household batteries, which can rupture and cause chemical burns or fires.
  • Be alert to the dangers of electric toys.
  • Keep lighters, curling irons and hair dryers away from young children. Avoid older hair dryers that do not protect against electrocution.
  • Maintain and safely use household extension cords.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interruptors (GFCIs), especially with power tools, to prevent electric shock.
  • Use arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to prevent electrical fires.
  • Select flame-resistant sleepwear for children.
  • Use night lights safely to avoid fires.
  • Don't smoke in bed.



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