Home Fire Safety Tips

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fire SafetyAt our Kiwanis club meeting last month, our speaker was from the Dekalb County Fire Department and she spoke to us about fire safety.

Here are some of the main points that she made:

  • NEVER, EVER try to put out a KITCHEN or ELECTRICAL fire with WATER. That will only cause it to flare up.
  • You can use baking soda, or a fire extinguisher. In the case of a kitchen fire on the stove, covering the pan with a lid will usually help to extinguish the fire.
  • Always have working smoke alarms in your house and change the batteries twice a year. Everyone should also have, one, preferably 2 fire extinguishers. They should be shaken once a month to keep them from drying or clogging up.
  • If you live in a 2 level house you can get collapsible folding ladders from Walmart for about $10 that you con keep under the bed in case of fire and it will save lives.
  • In case of fire drop to the floor and crawl to the nearest safe exit with a towel etc over your nose and mouth.

It’s just good to be reminded of these points, and be sure that your children know these things too. There was a very tragic case here of two teenage boys in the kitchen trying to make themselves some fries one day, and the pan caught on fire.

Their first instinct was to throw water on the fire which sadly, fanned the flames up and into their faces and they both later died.

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