It only takes seconds for a lifetime of memories to go up in flames. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our risk of dying in a home fire goes up dramatically. If you are age 50 or older, please pay special attention to fire safety. For your well-being and others you love.
Turn pot handles inward, and keep cooking surfaces clean and clutter-free. Don’t wear loose clothing while cooking and never leave cooking unattended. Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house.
Keep flammable materials at least three feet from heaters. When buying a space heater, look for a control feature that automatically shuts off the power if the heater falls over. Make sure you have a fireplace screen large enough to catch flying sparks and rolling logs.
Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, test batteries every month and change them at least once a year. More on smoke alarms...
Develop and practice a fire escape plan regularly, at least twice a year. Keep exits clear of debris. More on creating a fire escape plan...
If at all possible, install residential fire sprinklers in your home.
This information was compiled using campaign materials from the U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Association.