Alert! Alert! It’s Fire Prevention Week, and the Red Cross is here to bring you the seven best safety tips to prepare for a fire.
1. Install the right number of smoke alarms and make sure to replace the batteries at least once a year.
2. Teach young children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do if they hear one.
3. Make sure that everyone in your family knows how to escape from every room in your house and designate a meeting spot outside.
4. Develop a plan to communicate with your family members to know how and who to contact in case one gets lost.
5. Practice escaping from your home. A plan is best when practiced, especially when it’s been proven that families only have a mere 2 minutes to get out quickly!
- Here are helpful examples of escape plans based your home:
- Single Family Home: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Infographics/Single_Family_Home.pdf
- Multi-Family Home: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Infographics/Multi_Family_Dwelling.pdf
- Apartment Complex: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Infographics/High_Rise_Apartment.pdf
- To print an escape plan that you and your family can fill out (available in English and Spanish), go to: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/National/145733-Tier-59-Home-Fire-Escape-Plan-11x8-5-FINAL%20(1).pdf
6. Make sure everyone, especially young children, know how to dial 9-1-1 and speak with the police and/or fire department.
7. Teach each family member the STOP, DROP, and ROLL TECHNIQUE if their clothes should catch on fire.
For more information:
- Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhKD1CS8pcM
- Download our free Emergency App or text “GETEMERGENCY” TO 90999 and our children's Monster Guard App or text “MONSTER” to 90999
- Visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html