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Fire Preparedness Guide
Plan and get ready
Fire is one of the most common disasters. Fire causes more deaths than any other type of disaster. But fire doesn't have to be deadly if you have early warning from a smoke detector and everyone in your family knows how to escape calmly. Please be serious about the responsibility for planning for and practicing what to do in case of a fire.
Be prepared by having various household members do each of the items on the checklist below. Then get together to discuss and finalize your personalized Fire Plan.
Install smoke detectors outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your residence. Keep new batteries on hand.
New smoke detectors installed:________(date)
Test smoke detectors once a month: ________(date)
Start a chart and sign it after each round of tests.
______________(family member name) checks smoke detectors.
Look at the fire extinguisher you have to ensure it is properly charged. Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded replace it or have it professionally serviced.
Get training from the fire department in how to use the fire extinguisher.
_______________(family member name) examines extinguisher.
______________________________________________________ (family member names) have been trained to use the extinguisher.
Draw a floor plan of your home; mark two fire escape routes for each room.
Floor plan completed:_____________ (date)
Pick a safe outside place to meet after escaping from a fire.
Practice a low-crawl escape from your bedroom. Try it with your eyes closed to see how well you could do in thick smoke.
Smoke escape drill conducted:__________________(date)
Conduct a home fire drill at least twice a year.
Home fire drill conducted:______________________(date)
Make your home fire safe
Plan your escape routes