There is no season for fire safety. Fire safety should be practiced monthly with your family to elevate awareness around preventing house fires.
The folks at the Red Cross offer these pointers for how to prevent house fires:
- Install the right number of smoke alarms and test them once-a-month, and replace batteries at least once a year.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another at your designated muster point.
- Practice escaping from your home twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone to get out.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call the public Emergency Hotline for your area.
- Teach household members to “Stop, Drop and Roll” if their clothes should catch on fire.
Incorporate practice and preparation into your safety routine, like you rely on air and water for your daily routine.