What do you need to know about fire safety?
A home is a vulnerable place for a fire. The time a family should think about fire is before one happens. The following points should be considered BEFORE a fire begins:
- Have a fire escape plan.
- Have monthly fire drills.
- Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and near the stairway leading upstairs; a smoke alarm should be located on each level.
- Leave matches out of children's reach.
- Do not set flammable items near a stovetop.
- Keep the area in front of a toaster oven clear.
- Have electrical problems checked by a certified electrician.
- Keep clothes dryer clean and lint free, and in good working order.
- Do not store flammables in attics or garages.
- Visit your local fire station; it's a child-friendly information center.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009