St. George Fire Department gives out fire safety tips

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – St. George Fire Department has given out fire safety tips.

“Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan,” the fire department says. “When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.”

A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. The fire department says to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

Smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button to be sure the alarm is working
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms
  • Smoke alarms should be at least 10 feet from the stove
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms (these alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers)
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years or older

“Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and
advance planning,” the fire department says.

Planning your escape:

  • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan
  • Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily
  • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped (a good meeting place should be somewhere permanent such a tree or light pole that is a safe distance in front of the home)
  • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside

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