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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the smell of toxic fumes burning your every breath, thick smoke bellowing everywhere. What do you do?!

How can a Home Fire Safety Visit help? 

Our trained voluneers and fire rescue professionals will come to your home for a personal consultation and you will receive:

  • Installed smoke alarms if no working smoke alarms are present
  • Valuable fire safety information 
  • Guidance in the development of your Family Fire Escape Plan

 

Here are some great pointers for your safety:

SMOKE ALARMS

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default qualityProperly installed and maintained smoke alarms are an early warning system to prevent deaths and injuries caused by fire.

So where should you place smoke alarms?

  • either high up on the wall or on the ceilings away from windows, garage doors, or any ventilation
  • install on every level including the basement, outside of sleeping areas and in the bedrooms 
  • regularly test your smoke alarms around the house to ensure they are working properly
  • Maryland's new Smoke Alarm Law requires for all battery-only operated smoke alarms to be replaced with units powered by sealed-in, ten-year/long life batteries by January 1st, 2018. 

 

HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

It's pivotal you come up with a Home Fire Escape Plan as it may save your family’s life.

So what should you include?

  • Plan for a main exit route and an alternative.
  • If you hear “fire” then everyone should evacuate immediately.
  • Decide on a meeting place outside of your home. 
  • When the firefighters arrive, let them know you are safe.
  • NEVER re-enter a burning building!  
  • Practice your escape routes regularly with everyone to prevent panic in the event of an actual emergency.
  • In the event of a fire, remember to "stay low and go".
  • Before opening a door check it with the back of your hand. If it feels hot, do NOT open the door! Look for another exit - it might be the window!  

 

Click here for a blank template to draw up your plan!

 

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

An ABC fire extinguisher can be used in the event of most household fires. If you do decide to purchase one, make sure you are properly trained on how to use it. Don't forget to also inspect your fire extinguisher monthly. It's important you know what types of fires the extinguisher puts out. You don’t want to be putting water on an electrical fire or cooking oil fire. When using a fire extinguisher remember the acronym PASS!

 

Click here for more information on home fire prevention.

 

Still have questions or are unsure if your home is safe, then request a Home Fire Safety Visit using the provided link.

Click Here To Request A Home Fire Safety Visit

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