By John Heid
Oct. 3-9, 2010 is National Fire Prevention Week
Fire Safety Tips from Allstate:
Don't Forget to Check Smoke Detectors, Plan Escape Route
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors often. Keep extra batteries on hand and replace them every six months.
- Check your smoke detectors monthly. Replace any that are 10 years or older. Make sure everyone knows that the piercing sound means danger, and they should escape quickly.
- Position detectors smartly. Place one on every level of your home and near areas where you and your family sleep.
- Keep detectors away from heating and cooling ducts and at least six inches from where walls and ceilings meet.
- Keep fire extinguishers handy. Make sure there’s at least one on each floor – especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room and workshop.
- Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in case a fire breaks out. Make sure you have two ways out of your house.
- Create a fire safety plan, with a designated meeting place.
Go down the window fire escape if your building has one.
If your building does not have a window fire escape, take the following actions:
- Feel the door to the hall with the back of your hand. If it is hot, put a wet towel along the floor crack to keep smoke out. Go to the window and wave a colorful cloth to catch the attention of firefighters.
- If the door to the hall does not feel hot, leave the apartment and go down the nearest stairs. In the event of a fire, never try to take an elevator. If the power in the burning building fails, you could be trapped.
- If the hall is filled with smoke, get down close to the floor and crawl to the nearest stairs. You will breathe in less smoke if you stay low.
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