10 Simple Home Safety Tips
- Practice smoke-alarm maintenance for a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.
- When you change your clocks, change the battery in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This can help save lives.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they are working.
- Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Plan, discuss and practice a fire escape route with your family.
- Do not rely on your sense of smell to alert you that you and your family are in danger of being trapped during a fire.
- Be sure not to ignore the chirping sound your smoke alarm makes when maintenance is required.
- Keep fire-starting materials away from children, including lighters, matches, cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
- Use flashlights rather than candles to light your home during power outages.
- Space heaters need space. Portable space heaters need a 3-foot (one meter) clearance from anything that can burn and should always be turned off when leaving the room or going to sleep.