Tips for Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month to raise fire safety awareness and help protect homes and families.

Here are some home safety tips from the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance:

▶️Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound and understands the warning of the smoke alarm and how to respond.

▶️Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the plan with everyone in your household.

▶️Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.

▶️Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make sure they can open windows, remove screens, and unlock doors.

▶️Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open.

▶️Make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, from a cell phone or a trusted neighbor’s phone.

▶️Have an outside meeting place (something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance in front of the home where firefighters will easily find you.

For more fire safety tips from the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance – Click Here.