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  • Home Fire Safety Checklist

    A fire can occur in any part of your home!

    Use this checklist to make a fire-safety check of your home.

    Practice An E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drill In The Home)
    • Develop a home escape plan that includes:
      Two exits out of every room
      An outside meeting place (tree, mailbox, etc.)
    • Practice escape plan with every member
    • Escape using the nearest safe exit
    • Escape and exit away from smoke
    • If room is full of smoke, crawl low to exit
    • Teach all family members how to:
      Call 9-1-1 in an emergency
      (State your name, location & type of emergency)

    Smoking Materials & Candles

    • Never leave cigarettes or candles unattended
    • Purchase and use ashtrays that have the center support feature
    • Empty ashtrays into noncombustible containers only and water soak
    • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy
    • Place candles in noncombustible, sturdy holders
    • Never leave candles unattended
    • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children

    Heating Equipment & Fireplace

    • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from all combustibles
    • Never leave space heaters unattended, turn off while sleeping
    • Replace furnace filters regularly
    • Never use oven/cookstove for home heating
    • Clean lint from behind clothes dryer
    • Install a spark screen on fireplace opening
    • Have chimney inspected/cleaned annually
    • Install a spark arrester on chimney
    • Burn only clean, dry firewood
    • Dispose of ashes in metal containers and water soak
    • Keep newspapers, other combustibles, and clutter away from water heater/furnace

    Smoke Alarms

    • Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home
    • Test smoke alarms once a month
      (Hint: use a broom handle to reach & push test button)
    • Replace smoke alarm batteries twice a year
      (Hint: use each time-change as a reminder)
    • Replace smoke alarm units every 10 years

    Fire Extinguishers

    • Purchase a multipurpose (ABC) extinguisher
    • Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher
      (Use P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep)
    • Fight fire with a safe exit behind you
    • Inspect extinguishers annually

    Cooking

    • Never leave cooking unattended
    • Cuff sleeves and turn pot handles inward when cooking to avoid burn injuries
    • If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll
    • Never store combustibles in oven or on top of stove
    • When barbequing, move unit away from the house
    • Dispose of coals/ashes in metal containers

    Exterior

    • Make sure yourrhouse number is visible from street
    • Trim trees away from electrical wires
    • Trim trees away from chimney and remove all pine needles and leaves from roofs, eaves & rain gutters
    • Keep lawn mowed a minimum of 30 feet surrounding house

    Electrical

    • Avoid overloading electrical circuits
    • Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage
    • Do not tack cords to the wall or run them under rugs
    • Maintain air space around electrical equipment, such as, TV, VCR, stereo, etc.
    • Install additional outlets, by a qualified electrician, to avoid using cube taps and extension cords
    • Extension cords are only for temporary use
    • Use only the kind that have a built-in circuit breaker

    Hazardous Materials

    • Limit the amount of chemicals stored
    • Dispose of and recycle household hazardous materials properly
    • Store hazardous materials in proper containers with tight-fitting lids and correct identification labels
    • Store hazardous materials away from heat sources
    • Allow for proper ventilation when using flammable liquids and hazardous materials
    • Gasoline and other fuels are only used as fuels for engines and proper appliances
    • Put oily rags in metal containers with tight-fitting lids, not in a pile where they can spontaneously ignite

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     Thank you for helping us make Amarillo a safer community!

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