Install Smoke Detectors
Be sure to have smoke detectors outside or in all sleeping areas and on every level of your home, including the basement. Test your smoke detectors monthly and change their batteries once a year or when the detector is "chirping" which indicates the battery is low.
Be Kitchen Wise
Never leave cooking unattended. Use oven mitts and wear clothes with tight-fitting or rolled-up sleeves when you cook. Use a timer to remind you to turn off burners and the oven. Don't cook if you've been drinking alcohol or taking medication that makes you drowsy.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
If your clothing catches fire, stop where you are, drop gently to the floor or ground; cover your face with your hands to protect your face from flames; and roll over and over to smother the flames. If you cannot drop to the floor, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.
Know Two Ways Out
Plan two escape routes from every room in your home. During a fire, smoke or flames may block an exit, forcing you to use an alternate escape route.
Know How to Unlock Door and Windows
Windows should open easily and fully to allow escape. All security-barred windows and doors needed for escape should be equipped with quick-release devices that every household member can operate. Practice emergency exit drills to identify and eliminate obstructions.
Get Out and Stay Out
Leave the building as quickly as you can. Call the fire department from a neighbor's phone. Do not go back into the building for any reason.
For this and other Safety Tips contact the Fredericksburg Fire Department at 540-372-1059.