Use the following tips to help ensure everyone’s safety:
- Install smoke alarms throughout your home, and replace the batteries once per year. Install backup batteries. Replace your batteries immediately if a low battery warning beeps. Remember to test your smoke alarms monthly.
- Keep fire extinguishers in your home and read the instructions on how to use them. Keep fire extinguishers in high fire risk areas, such as kitchens or workshops.
- Know what to do in case of a grease or electrical fire. If a pan is on fire, smother the flames with a lid. Otherwise, use baking soda. Never use water to put out a grease or electrical fire.
- Do not turn light switches on or off, if you smell leaking gas. The spark can cause a fire. Do not try to put out a flame if leaking gas begins to burn. Call 9-1-1 and 1-800-743-5000 immediately. Turn off the gas service shutoff valve typically located near the gas meter, if it’s safe to do so.