Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.

What if Your Clothes are on Fire?

  • STOP – Do not run.
  • DROP – Get down on the ground.
  • ROLL – Cover face with hands and roll back and forth until the fire goes out.

Tips for Safety in the Kitchen

  • Make a “Kids-Free Zone” three feet around the stove or oven.
  • Turn pot handles inward.
  • Never leave the kitchen when frying, broiling, boiling, or grilling.
  • Never put water on a grease fire.
  • Never try to carry a flaming pan out of the house.
  • If your pot catches on fire, turn off the stove, put a lid on the pot, and leave it covered until the pot is cool.
  • Steam burns so be careful when removing food from the microwave.
  • Steam and liquids are hotter than the bowl.
  • Teach your children not to play with matches or lighters.
  • Children should always be supervised by an adult.

Help Your Family Make an Escape Plan

  • Try to find two ways out from every room in your home. The first way out should be a door. Plan and practice with your family at least twice a year.
  • Before opening any door in a fire, feel the door first at the bottom and then work your hand up the door to see if it is hot. A hot door means there may be a fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
  • Crawl low when escaping a fire to stay below the smoke. Have your children try crawling out of the house with their eyes closed. The smoke may block the light and they may not be able to see where to go.
  • If you have security bars in your home, make sure everyone in the home knows how to open them in case they need to escape from fire.
  • Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the home to meet your family after you get out.
  • After you escape to safety, call 9-1-1.
  • Do not go back in for any items – your safety is most important!

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

  • Every home should have smoke alarms (at least one on every level).
  • Change the batteries once a year and test your smoke alarm monthly.
  • Show your child where the smoke detectors are located and show them how they sound.

Tips for Safety in the Bathroom

  • Hot water burns. Set your hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To make a bath warm, run the cold water first, then add hot water.
  • Check the temperature with your hands before getting in the tub.
  • Never leave a small child unattended in the bathtub.

For more information contact the UM/JM Burn Center at 305-585-1290.