Fire Prevention

Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe from the devastation of a fire!

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Smoke Detectors- You should make sure to have smoke alarms, on every level of your home, especially near the bedrooms. They should be tested once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. The Rockton Fire Protection District has a Smoke Alarm/Battery Replacement Program.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors- You should also have a working carbon monoxide detector placed near your bedrooms as well. Your indoor air quality is truly vital to your short term and long term health. You can learn more about carbon monoxide and your indoor air quality at the EPA website. It is also important to educate yourself and your family about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide in your home.

Fire Extinguishers- It is highly recommended that you keep fire extinguishers in your home that are properly rated for home use, and to train you and your family on when and how to use one. Priority areas to place them would be the kitchen, and garage.

Fire Pre-Planning- No one wants to have a fire, but the consequences of not planning for emergencies can be lethal. You and your family should have a plan in case of a fire as well as know what to do during a fire. A little planning can go a long way to save lives.

  1. Designate a meeting place for all family members to go to once they have exited the house.
  2. Make sure everyone knows that once you are out of the house, STAY OUT! Do not go back in to a burning house for anything, not even family members! Leave that to the professionals.
  3. Go to a neighbors home to call 9-1-1.
  4. Know at least 2 ways to escape from every room of your home. Whether its a door or a window, make sure both are easily accessible. If screens must be pushed out, or windows broken, make sure children can complete these tasks on their own.
  5. For rooms located on upper floors, you may use rescue ladders or knotted ropes to help yourselves down. However most people (even kids) can hang down by their hands from a second story window and drop with little or no injury.
  6. If you must open a door, the door and door knob should be felt with the back of your hand to test it for heat. If it's hot do not open it, as fire is on the other side.
  7. Remember to crawl low under smoke. Smoke is not only toxic to breathe and will overcome you faster than you think, it is also very hot, and will more than likely burn your throat and lungs instantly.

For more information about these tips and much more you can visit the Home Safety Council's website.