Does anyone watch “This Is Us” on NBC? This season, they’re doing a great job of tackling the devastating consequences of house fires – and showing just how important basic fire safety is! Beware of season two spoilers!
Here’s some safety tips that you can learn this season from Jack, Rebecca, and the “Big Three”:
- Make sure your home has at least one working smoke alarm that is properly placed and is tested regularly!
- Most home fires start in the kitchen so remember to practice your basic cooking safety tips!
- Use appliances safely! Check appliances to make sure that they are in good working order before using! Replace any appliance with frayed cords, exposed wires, or that just don’t work right. Keep flammable items away from anything that generates heat, such as a stove or slow cooker! Don’t leave small appliances plugged in when they aren’t in use, like toasters. And turn off as many appliances as you can before you head to bed or head out of the house! Some appliances, like slow cookers are meant to be used and are safe to use while sleeping or out of the house but many, like clothes dryers, stoves, etc. aren’t! Turn off unnecessary electronics and lights and unplug what you can before going to sleep or leaving the house.
- Have a fire safety exit plan and practice it as a family! Don’t forget to include your pets in your plan! Know at least two ways out of every single room of your house and frequently visited locations, like school or work. Designate a spot that will be well away from a fire to meet as a family after you escape, such as a mailbox, neighbor’s house, or street corner.
- Check doors for heat before opening them! During a fire, run the back of your hands across doors and along the door crack to see if you can feel heat from the fire. If it’s hot, don’t open it and use your secondary exit!
- As soon as you have escaped from your burning house, use your cell phone if you have it or go to a neighbor’s house and call 9-1-1! Don’t wait! The sooner we are called, the sooner we arrive on scene and try to save your home!
- Never, ever go back into a burning building! We know that it is hard, to say the least, but do not go back inside! Not for people, or pets, or beloved mementos! Fires spread very quickly, it is unlikely you will be able to safely escape twice. Call us immediately so that we can enter using our special equipment that protects us from the heat, flames, and smoke inhalation while conditions allow! Tell us where someone or a pet might be based on their last known location, daily routines, and favorite hiding spots when scared.