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Read These Fire Safety Tips — and Share Yours

October is Fire Prevention Month. Talk to your family about how to prevent a devastating fire in your own home — and share your ideas with our readers.

 

The entire month of October is dedicated to National Fire Safety and Prevention — which is a perfect opportunity to talk to your family about fire safety.

Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 has this web page that's full of downloadabl tips about everything from responding to fires to preparing the kids for Halloween.

Everyone knows the stop, drop, and roll, but there are many other ways to prevent a fire in your home. Here are five tips recommended by the CDC:

  1. Install a smoke detector in every floor of your home and if possible, in all sleeping rooms. Be sure to perform a monthly test of your existing smoke detectors throughout the year.
  2. Make sure there is space around your heater and that window curtains or other flammable materials aren’t touching the heater.
  3. Create a family escape plan from your home in case of a fire. Everyone in your home should know at least two ways out of each room. Also, be sure to have a meeting place outside your home.
  4. Don’t smoke in your home. If you do, never leave burning cigarettes unattended and don’t empty burning or hot ashes in a trash can.  
  5. When cooking, keep anything that can catch on fire away from the stove including potholders, towels, long loose-fitting sleeves, etc. Also, never leave cooking food unattended and keep pot handles turned in when on the stove.

For more fire safety tips and facts, visit the National Fire Protection Association page.

JohnstonPatch Asks You: What is the most important thing you've taught your family about fire safety? Share it in the comments below.


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