Is your home fire safe?
Smoke alarms can warn you about a fire before it's too late.
But they're no good if they don't work. Learn the
sound of the alarms, and help your parents test smoke-alarm
batteries once a month, by pushing the test button.
Matches and lighters should be kept up high where small
children can't see or reach them. Let adults in your
home know if you find matches or lighters around your home
and tell them if anyone you know is playing with fire.
Remind parents to use special lighters that little children
If people smoke in your home, Sparky wants to make sure
there are lots of large, deep ashtrays around - the kind
that won't tip over. And make sure ashes are soaked
with water before dumping them into wastebaskets.
heaters and portable heaters.
Space heaters and portable heaters should be at least three
feet (one meter) away from anything that can burn -
including walls and furniture. Sparky wants you to
The kitchen stove and the counters around it should be clean
and clear of anything that can burn. If pots are on
the stove, make sure the handles are turned inward so nobody
can bump them and young children can't grab them.
Loose or broken electrical cords and wires are a sign of a
real danger. Play it safe - buy a new appliance or pay
an electrician to replace a damaged cord.
Some liquids can burn. Paints, gasoline, charcoal-lighter
fluid, and paint thinners should be stored well away from
heat, sparks or flame.
a home escape plan.
Make sure everyone in your family knows two ways out of
every room and where your outside meeting place is.
Practice your plan at least twice a year.
Fireplaces should have screens or glass doors to prevent
sparks from flying into the room.