Saturday, July 4

The Upland Fire Department


Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

*Install Smoke Alarms - Working smoke alarms can alert you to a fire in your home even if you are sleeping. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and in each sleeping area including the basement. Test smoke alarms every month, and change the battery once a year. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.

*Plan Your Escape From Fire - If a fire breaks out in your home, get out fast. Prepare for an emergency by sitting down with your family and agreeing on an escape plan. Be sure that everyone knows at least two unobstructed exits - doors and windows from every room. (If you live in an apartment building, do not include windows in your escape plan). Decide on a meeting place outside where everyone can meet after they escape. Have your entire household practice your escape plan twice a year.

*Keep An Eye On Smokers - Careless smoking is a leading cause of fire death in North America. Smoking in bed or when you are drowsy could be deadly. Provide smokers with non-tip ashtrays and soak butts with water before discarding them. Check under cushions and upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes.

*Cook Carefully - Never leave cooking unattended. Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles; wear clothes with short rolled-up or tight-fitting sleeves; turn pan handles inward on the stove so you can't bump them and children can't touch them. If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat. Leave the lid on until cool.

*Give Space Heaters Space - Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Keep children and pets away from heaters, and leave heaters off when you leave home or go to bed.

*Matches and Lighters are Tools, Not Toys - In a child's hand, matches and lighters can be deadly. Use only childproof lighters and store all matches and lighters up high out of reach if children, preferably in a locked cabinet. Teach your children that matches and lighters are tools, not toys, and should be used only by adults.

*Cool A Burn - Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes. Never put butter or lard on a burn. If the burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately. Never use ice.

*Use Electricity Safely - If an electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it, and then have it serviced before using it again. Never overload extension cords or run them under carpet.

*Crawl Low Under Smoke - During a fire, smoke and poisonous gases rise with heat. If you encounter smoke while you are escaping from a fire use your alternate escape route.

*Stop, Drop and Roll - If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the fire.

*Properly Install Security Bars - Burglar bars must be easily opened from the inside and have an approved quick release mechanism. The Building Official must approve all quick release devices in writing, and a building permit is required.

Your home must have a working smoke alarm.

If you should have any questions please contact the Prevention office at (909)931-4180