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Check those smoke alarms — and 10 other life-saving tips

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  • For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your home in case of a fire. Use a watch to time how fast your family gets out.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it.
  • Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don't leave a hot oven or stove top unattended.
  • Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. As with smoke alarms, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them away from fuel-burning appliances.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms or vice versa. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are available.
  • Don't use a grill or generator inside your home, garage or by a window.
  • If you need a warm vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Don't leave an engine running inside a garage.
  • If using a gasoline-powered device, store gasoline in a locked location where children can't get to it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container with child safety features.
  • Keep gasoline away from sources of heat, spark or flame. Even common household appliances, such as water heaters and clothes dryers, can start a gasoline fire.


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