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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










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