Just a friendly reminder: It’s time to change the batteries in your apartment smoke alarms. Then check to make sure they are functioning properly. Building staff will check hallway smoke detectors.

You also might want to consider acquiring a fire blanket (available from multiple sources online priced from $30 to $250 depending on size and type).

Here are 30 fire safety tips to help you keep your family safe in case of a fire emergency. We are working hard to make 3750 safe and prepare for an emergency should something go wrong.

  1. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Defective fire alarms increase the risk of death in a house fire.
  2. Make sure everyone in your family is aware of at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  3. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year. Designate a meeting spot outside, and at a safe distance from your home. Make sure all family members are familiar with the meeting spot.
  4. Have your family practice escaping from your home at different times of the day. Knowing your way out and to safety in the daylight is just as important as knowing your way around at night.
  5. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  6. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Make sure everyone in your home learns how to use them prior to an emergency; store them near the window where they will be used.
  7. Make your family, especially children aware of the “ stop, drop, and roll” method. Should clothing catch fire, the proper use of this technique will quickly cease flame.
  8. Once you are out of your home, do not re-enter until a fire official gives you his/her permission.
  9. Always test the temperature of a door with the back of your hand. Never open doors that are warm.
  10. If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. If possible, place a towel under the door and call the fire department to alert them to your location in the home.
  11. If you are trapped, go to the window and signal for help waving a bright colored cloth or a flashlight to alert fire officials. Do not break the window, but open it from the top and bottom.
  12. If you are able to make your way through your burning house make sure to stay clear of all smoke. Smoke inhalation is very dangerous. Stay below the smoke and make your way to the nearest exit.
  13. The most effective way to protect you and your home from a house fire is to identify and remove all fire hazards.
  14. NEVER smoke in bed. Too many times, one will fall asleep smoking a cigarette and wake-up to their house being engulfed in flames. Don’t let it happen to you.
  15. When you leave your home, or turn in for the night, be sure to turn off all portable heaters.
  16. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  17. Keep anything that can catch fire – like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing- away from the stove.
  18. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  19. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  20. If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  21. Be sure to teach your children what your fire alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear one.
  22. Never let your furry friends roam around on cooking surfaces and countertops. This will prevent then from knocking things onto the burner.
  23. ONLY use a fire extinguisher if you are trained by the fire department and only under the circumstances that everyone has exited the building, the room is not full of smoke, and the fire is contained to a small area.
  24. Always sleep with the bedroom doors closed. This will keep deadly heat and smoke out of bedrooms, giving you additional time to escape.
  25. In a fire, time is critical. Don’t waste time getting dressed, don’t search for pets or valuables. Just get out!
  26. If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor immediately!
  27. If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and low ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you leave your home or office.
  28. Teach children that matches and lighters are “tools” and should only be used by adults.
  29. Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the call to fire authorities from a safe location outside the home.
  30. Visit http://www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on creating home fire escape plans.

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