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What would you do if there was a fire in your home? It's important to get out fast! Never hide or take time to gather up your belongings.

Fires are scary and confusing. They can be loud, burn very fast, and their smoke can make a room or home very dark. It helps to have a plan so you'll know what to do to get out of your home!

Making escape plans help you get out of your home quickly in case of a fire. The best plans have two ways to get out of each room. If one way is blocked by the fire, you can get out the other way. When escaping, stay low to the floor. Smoke rises during a fire. The safest air is down low.

You can help your family make an escape plan. Here's how:

Try to find two ways out from every room in your home.
first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.

Before opening any door in a fire, feel it first. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.

Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.

Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the home to meet your family after you get out.

When you get out, call 9-1-1 or the fire department.

Stay outside no matter what. Don't go back for anything!

FIRE ESCAPE PLAN


Fireplaces and Wood Stoves are a common source of supplementary heat for our winters, but just because our cold season is short, we cannot dismiss the dangers of fire hazard. Careful attention to safety can minimize fire hazards. 
Check out these safety tips.

Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.

Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to preventing embers or sparks from jumping out.

Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.

Never burn charcoal indoors, for it can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.

Do not use excessive amounts of paper to build raging fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.

NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. This can cause the ashes to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.

FIRE PLACE SAFETY



1.Keep things that burn away from the cooking area & appliances in your kitchen. Don't place towels, pot holders, pizza boxes, or paper bags on the stove or near hot appliances.


2. Clean any grease build-up from the stove, oven & exhaust fan regularly. Cooking grease & oil ignite easily & burn rapidly. Use a lid or bigger pan to smother a small pan fire. Do not use water or flour on a grease fire. It will make the fire bigger. Do not try to carry a burning pan outside or to the sink. You could accidentally spread the fire. Keep a lid, baking soda, or an ABC fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.

3. Avoid reaching over the stove for anything while cooking. Store frequently needed items in other areas of the kitchen. Don't store cookies or other "treats" near the stove. It might tempt little children to climb on the stove. Keep young children & pets away from cooking areas entirely.

4. Keep pot handles turned inward, out of the reach of children & pets. Keep appliance cords up on counter tops too. Check those cords regularly for frayed or broken spots. Replace damaged cords or appliances.

5. Dress for fire safety in the kitchen. Don't wear loosing fitting clothing, like nightgowns & bathrobes while cooking.

6. Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen for some reason, turn the heat off & take something with you to remind you that you have something cooking.

7. Shield yourself from steam when uncovering food, especially microwave servings. Steam can cause serious burns.
KITCHEN FIRE SAFETY
 


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Mastic Fire Department recommends that you install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the attic and basement. Even better is one in every bedroom. Smoke alarms are designed to wake you up if a fire starts while you are sleeping. Be sure your smoke alarms are near bedrooms and other sleeping areas in your home.

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  Test

When was the last time you heard your smoke alarm? Battery-operated alarms should be tested once a month to make certain they are working.

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  Change Batteries

Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year. The Mastic Fire Rescue recommends you do this when we change our clocks in the fall or in the spring.

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  Replacement

Replace your smoke alarm every ten years. After ten years, your smoke detector will have been working consecutively for 87,000 hours. No other appliance in your home works this long. If you do not know how old your smoke alarm is, or if it is ten years or older, replace it as soon as possible.

SMOKE ALARM FACTS