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  • Install and maintain smoke detectors in your house. For more information on smoke detector installation, visit the APFA Smoke Detector Tips page.
  • Draw an escape plan of your home. The plan should include all doors, windows, hallways, and stairways. Try to include two differentroutes from every room in case one is blocked or not passable. Consider having an emergency window escape ladder for rooms in upper levels of the structure. They can be purchased for around $90.00. When crawling through smoke, remember to "stay low and go".
  • Practice the plan with the entire family. Make sure that family members with special physical needs get help. Try to practice the escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Select a meeting place once outside of the house. This can be a neighbor's house, the mailbox, or a street corner, etc.
  • Once you are out of the structure, STAY OUT!!
  • Have fire extinguishers mounted in the kitchen, garage, or workshop. The extinguisher should be certified to extinguish A, B, and C fires. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Remember, fire extinguishers are for small fires. For larger fires, get out of the structure immediately and call 911.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed. Closed doors may by you time by holding back heat and smoke. If you suspect there is a fire, feel the door for heat first before opening it. If it is hot, use a different escape route.
  • Fireplaces should have spark screens.
  • Keep combustible material such and kindling, newspaper, matches or rugs away from the fireplace or space heaters.
  • Do not use gas stoves for heating. This is not only an obvious fire hazard, but can increase carbon monoxide levels in the home.
  • Follow the proper operating instructions for space heaters.
  • Keep cooking appliances clean. Grease buildup over time is a fire hazard. In case of a grease fire, do not throw water on the fire. Try to cover the pot or pan with a lid or close the oven. Call 911.
  • Keep all pot handles turned inward toward the stove to prevent children from tipping hot foods or liquids onto themselves. Always watch children carefully in the kitchen.
  • Properly store flammable liquids in the appropriate containers. Store gasoline outside of the house and make sure containers are ingood condition and caps are tightly secured. Avoid starting gasoline fueled equipment within 10 feet of where they were refueled.
  • Use extreme caution when filling gasoline containers. Fill gasoline containers while on the ground (as opposed to inside the bed of a truck). This will help reduce the likelihood of static electricity discharge.
  • Never smoke in bed. Avoid smoking when drinking alcoholic beverages or when extremely tired. Place butts in ashtrays when finished, wet butts prior to throwing in trash receptacle.
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits. Use only Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved electrical equipment. Insert plastic plugs into electrical outlets to prevent children from placing objects into them.