Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!
Top Tips for Fire Safety
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries. • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone. • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything flammable. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed. • Have your chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves and central furnace serviced once a year. • If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and sound. • Store a fire extinguisher on every level of your home. They should have an ABC rating, making them usable for all types of fires.
Information for Children
Sparky the Fire Dog now has a fire safety storybook app and eBook to help children learn about fire safety. The app is geared toward Pre-K - 2nd grade with animations and games. The eBook is for 3rd - 5th graders with stories of courage, quick witted kids, science facts and more. Go to the Where Fire Safety Connects with Learning website.
For More Information
To schedule a visit from the fire marshal or firefighters, call the fire marshal’s office at 817-426-9174 or 817-426-9175 or email the fire marshal or fire investigator.
For tips on how to safely use barbecue grills, propane grills, protecting children from scalds and burns, preventing scalds and burns, installing and using microwave ovens safely, and more, go to the USFA/FEMA website.
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. Learn more.