1. Never use an extension cord with largecurrent appliances such as a spaceheater, air conditioner or refrigerator. Extension cords can cause home fires byoverheating due to overloading the outlet.
2. Never smoke while lyingdown, especially if drowsy, medicated or have been drinking. Completely douse cigarette butts withwater before discarding. Smokers are seven times more likely than nonsmokers to have a fire in their home.
3. Stay in the kitchen while cookingand wear short or tight fitting sleeves. Unattended cooking accounts forthirty-three percent of home fires.
4. Installing and maintaining a smokealarm will reduce your chances of dyingin a fire in half. Install alarms on every floorand in bedrooms for extra protection. Seventy percent of fire deaths occur in homes with an inoperable smoke alarm or no smoke alarm present. The majority of the deaths are children and older adults.
5. Plan and practice a fire escape plan. Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself. Get out and CLOSE THE DOOR. Call 911 from a safe location. Smoke and fire kills! You may have less than three minutes to get to safety.
6. Store matches and lighters out of reachand sight of children. Provide closecontinuous supervision of children. Toddler fire deaths are most oftendue to children playing with matchesor utility lighters.
7. Never leave burning candles unattended.Half of the people killed by candle fires in the home were younger than 20 years of age