Other causes of fire are bad wiring in your
home and hazardous chemicals. Even a simple can of camping propane can be
It is best to store chemicals, gasoline and
other potentially dangerous chemicals away from your home in a storage shed.
If you must store them in the garage, keep them away from pilot lights in
furnaces and water heaters.
Do not make your garage a fire trap by
filling it up so that you can't get in and out quickly. Do not store
flammable papers and other items that spread fire quickly.
Remember that when you are sleeping the smoke
from a fire will kill you before the flames awaken you. Have a hard wired
fire alarm on every level of your home as well as a battery powered alarm.
It is also a good idea to keep one in the kitchen, along with your fire
Change the batteries twice a year. You
can use the batteries that still work in something else that is not so vital to
Should your home catch fire, have an escape
plan for your family. Everyone should know how to get out of the house and
where to meet. If someone doesn't show up at the meeting spot, someone is
going to run into that house to try and find them.
Some families with 2-story homes keep chain
ladders in upstairs rooms. Just put them in a box and in the closet of
Don't expect to think clearly if a fire
breaks out in your home. Fires are scary and people panic. I still
remember a fire where the woman managed to get out of her home, but forgot about
her baby sleeping in the next room.
Have enough fire drills with your family that
they automatically know what to do...but not so many that you scare them.
Make sure all your windows open. Make
sure the children know how to unlock them and that the windows are not painted
GET OUT, COUNT HEADS, AND CALL THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT EITHER FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR'S HOME OR YOUR CELL.