Be prepared if a fire strikes

10 steps to home fire safety

Many of us practice fire drills in the workplace, yet the risk of fire can be greatest in the home. Take a few minutes now to help protect your loved ones, by planning and practicing a home fire escape drill. Pella Corporation's Close the door on fire!® campaign provides these tips to help you get started:

1. Have a plan! Draw a floor plan of each level of your home. Download a grid here. Pick a meeting place a safe distance outside your home for everyone to gather in the event of a fire.
2. Identify two exits! Designate two exits from every room in your home — a door and a window. Make sure doors and windows operate properly to ensure a quick exit; if not, consider replacing them for safety’s sake.
3. Use smoke alarms! Install smoke alarms in or near every bedroom and on every level of your home. Test alarms monthly, change batteries regularly, and replace alarms every 10 years for greater safety.
4. Make a quick exit! Keep rooms neat and furniture and clutter away from windows and doors so you can get out quickly if necessary and to prevent falls.
5. Test the alarm! Sound the smoke alarms when family members are awake so everyone knows what they sound like.
6. Know the number! Make sure everyone in your household knows how to call the fire department in an emergency.
7. Give yourself an out! In the event of fire, choose the closest and safest exit route to get out quickly and stay out. Avoid going through smoke or flames if possible.
8. Stay low and go! To escape from a burning home, crawl out quickly on your hands and knees to help avoid smoke and fumes near the floor.
9. Once you’re out, stay out! NEVER go back into a burning building. Stay safe. Go to your safe meeting place outside your home and call for help.
10. Practice! Practice your home fire escape plan with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

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