- Smoke Detectors: Every home should have battery-operated
working smoke detectors. They should
be tested weekly.
Change the batteries as needed. Also change the batteries
when you change your clocks for the start and the end of Daylight
Savings Time. Smoke Detectors save lives. Electric
smoke detectors don't work during power failures, battery-operated
ones will. Have a detector on every floor (including the
basement) and one in the kitchen.
- Practice EDITH: Exit Drills In The Home. All family
members should know how to get out of the house in case of fire.
Each person should have 2 exit routes. All routes should be
practiced. Schools have fire drills, you should too.
- Meeting Place: Decide on a meeting place so that all family
members can find each other after exiting a burning building.
If someone is missing, you will know. Your meeting place
should be incorporated into your practice drills.
- Stop, Drop & Roll: If your clothes are on fire, drop on the
ground and roll. This will put the fire out.
- Do Not Panic: Remain as calm as possible so that you can think
clearly. Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
- Do Not enter a burning building: Leave this to the
- Do Not open safes or fireproof boxes for at least 24
hours until they cool.
- Do Not enter a room with a sagging ceiling.
- Do Not use TV, stereo, or other electrical appliances
until they have been checked by serviceman.
- Do Not use appliances standing on a wet floor.
- Do Not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do Not use food exposed to extreme heat.
- Do Not attempt to clean walls, ceilings, or other
- Do Not use do-it-yourself home carpet or upholstery
- Do Not send smoky clothes to ordinary dry cleaners.
- Do Not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang to dry.
- Do Not leave wet books, magazines, or colored items on
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