Firefighters throughout Carroll County will be recognizing Fire Prevention Week, October 6-13, but hope that they will not be visiting you or your property during those days to put out a fire. There are several tips that you can learn to protect your home, business and belongings not just in October, but all year long.
1) Make certain you have working smoke detectors in your home. They have been shown to alert homeowners in the early stages of a fire, giving them time to escape. Fire professionals suggest one installed in the hallway upstairs and downstairs ceilings as well as just outside the kitchen, inside each bedroom, and other areas where flammable containers are stored.
2) Make certain that you have working fire extinguishers in your home. Don’t mount or store them in the kitchen, but in an adjacent room where you can grab them if needed. Firefighters will be glad to demonstrate how the fire extinguishers work.
3) Know your route out of the home or building, keeping low to the floor until away from the fire. Have an assigned area where your family will meet outside so that everyone will be out and counted.
4) Train your children what to do in case of a fire, including how to run to a neighbor’s house for help and to call 9-1-1. Train them to crawl out of the home to avoid breathing in smoke, run next door, and stay out of the burning building. Don’t go back in for people or pets. Let firefighters know when they arrive any rescue that may be needed.
Help firefighters keep you safe. If you have any questions or would like a firefighter to help install a smoke detector, call Carroll County Emergency Services, 730-3195.