More than 500,000 house fires occur each year, in all
types of homes-site-built and manufactured, making it the second leading
cause of accidental death in the home. The most important part of fire
safety is prevention. Hereís what you can do to protect your home and
Always have a fire
emergency plan for your family and practice your family fire
drill at least twice a year, and also have an emergency kit prepared.
Donít plug multiple items in the same electrical outlet or circuit. If an
electrical appliances smokes or smells unusual, unplug it immediately and
have it serviced before using again.
Keep baking soda near your stove to extinguish grease fires. If you donít
have baking soda, use salt, but donít use water which will spread the
flame. Never leave cooking unattended.
Store flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, etc., in
approved containers outside your home, but no under your home. They
produce invisible vapors that can ignite even from a small spark.
Fires started by cigarettes cause more deaths than any other kind of fire.
Donít smoke in bed or when youíre drowsy. Run butts and ashes under water
Never use extension cords on a permanent basis and avoid running them
Donít place hay, straw or other combustible materials beneath your home.
They can dry out and easily ignite.
Keep matches and lighters out of childrenís reach. Teach them these are
for adults use only.
Clean dryer vents frequently and empty lint screens after each load.
Never install a double cylinder deadbolt lock on your exit doors. They
require a key to unlock from the inside. When you need to exit in a hurry,
this type of lock can be deadly.
Heat your home safely!
heating equipment plays a part in over 40 percent of winter home fires. You
can help prevent fires by safely maintaining and operating your furnace,
space heater, fuel lines and gas pressure regulator every year.
Have technician check the entire
flue area each fall. Clean or change furnace filters and clear obstructions
from the exhaust vent. Never store items or let debris build up near the
furnace or hot water heater.
Supplemental heating units like
electrical space heaters, fireplaces, kerosene heaters and wood stoves can
be dangerous. Be sure each device is approved for use in a manufactured home
and have permanent devices professionally installed.
Keep space heaters away from hallways and doorways where they can be knocked
over. Also keep them away from bedding, clothing, draperies, towels,
upholstered furniture and other flammable items. Unplug them before you
leave or go to sleep.
Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and near your furnace. Make sure
it's multi-purpose, dry chemical extinguisher, and suitable for class A, B,
and C fires. Teach family members how to operate them. And keep them
recharged so that they're ready by the time you need to use them.
More than half of all fatal home fires occur
while people are asleep. That's why smoke detectors are so essential. They
can warn you before you see or smell smoke and thus give you more time
to prepare and get out.
If your home doesn't already have at least two smoke detectors,
install one by your bedrooms and one at the opposite end of your home.
Position them on the ceiling at least four (4) inches from any wall, or put
them on a wall, six (6) to twelve (12) inches below the ceiling.
The two (2) main types of smoke detectors are photoelectric and ionization,
which detect smoke in different ways. It's safest to use the combination of
both types of detectors.
If your smoke detectors are powered by
electricity, add at least one that's battery powered, or has a battery
back-up in case of power outages.
Choose a smoke detector that was tested and approved by an independent
Test smoke detectors monthly. Never disconnect or remove the batteries.
Sometimes the sound of a smoke alarm doesn't wake small children. Test
your alarms while your children sleep to ensure that they are close enough
to their bedrooms to wake them.
Listen for your detector's beep or signal that indicates a weak battery
and change it immediately. Always change batteries at least once a year.
Follow the manufacturer's instruction to clean your smoke detectors.
Excessive dust or other materials may cause it to operate abnormally.
Vacuum the detector's grillwork. Never paint your detector's because you
could damage their smoke-detecting sensors.
Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector or propane detector that
will add extra safeguards against hazardous situations.
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