General Safety Tips

A fire escape plan is essential whether you are in the home, school or public place. Your escape plan should include an exit from each room. Exits must be clear and accessible, always have a second exit, in case the first one cannot be used. The plan must also include an outdoor meeting place (lamp post, tree, or neighbor's house). Hold fire drills with the whole family at least twice a year and use a smoke detector so that everyone gets accustomed to the sound it makes.

Smoke detectors should be placed near bedrooms and on each floor of the house including the ground floor and the basement. There are battery operated and plug-in electric detectors. Battery powered are the most popular. Make sure you change the battery regularly.

Knowing how to react if your clothes catch on fire is very important. Nothing beats practicing stop, drop and roll.

In case of burns, run cold water over the affected area. Tell children they must always tell and adult when the hurt themselves.

In case of fire, warn occupants and evacuate the building immediately. If a door is closed, touch it first. If it feels hot, don't open it, use another exit in the escape plan. Close doors behind you to keep the flames from spreading. Since smoke is toxic, avoid breathing it. Crawl to get out of a smoke-filled room.

If you live in an area serviced by 911 teach your children their address and phone number.