|4 Steps To A Safer Home|
|Step 1: Install smoke alarms in every room|
|According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in one out of five homes that have smoke alarms, none of the units work, mainly due to dead, missing or disconnected batteries. Properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive ways to provide an early warning when a fire begins. Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries and minimize property damage by alerting residents to a fire hazard.|
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|Step 2: Install CO alarms in each floor and sleeping areas|
|Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CO poisoning causes more than 400 deaths and 20,000 emergency department visits in the U.S. annually. Carbon monoxide is often called the “silent killer” because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless. The only safe way to detect it in your home is with a working carbon monoxide alarm.|
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|Step 3: Keep a fire extinguisher within reach|
|Place fire extinguishers within easy reach in rooms where fires are more likely to start such as the kitchen, living room and laundry room. Place a fire extinguisher in
the bedroom for use in case you need to create a path to safety. Nearly half of all fatal fires occur during late night and early morning hours when families are asleep.
|Step 4: Develop and practice an escape plan|
|Practice two ways out of every room to mimic the most difficult fire situation you might encounter. Be sure to practice your escape plan during the day and at night.
Assign an adult to wake and assist each child in the house. Also consider lending extra help to family members who are physically challenged or elderly.
Identify a meeting place outside the home.