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Steps to Safety: How to Protect Your Family from a Fire

A fatal house fire occurs every three hours in America and more than 18,000 are injured or die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year. Help shield your family from dangerby following these simple steps:

Step 1 - Replace Smoke Alarms- every 10 years!


  • Use Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms and never change a battery.
  • Choose the right alarm for the right location in every room and on each level.
  • Test alarms monthly.

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Step 2 - Place Fire Extinguishers- within reach of every level of your home!

  • Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where a fire may start.
  • Check the gauge monthly to be sure it is pressurized.
  • Replace fire extinguishers that are over 12 years old or after use.

How to use a fire extinguisher: Remember the phrase P-A-S-S

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Step 3 - Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms- on each floor and near bedrooms!

Look for the UL Listed symbol to be sure the alarm meets quality standards.

  • Replace outdated alarms with Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms.
  • Test alarms monthly.
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    Step 4 - Create an escape plan with your family.

    • Practice regularly, both day and night.
    • Know 2 ways out of every room.
    • Know who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.
    • Have escape ladders in upstairs rooms.

    Step 5 - Commit to being a safety hero by taking the pledge at www.AlarmPledge.com.

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    Simple Steps to Safety (PDF)

    Fire Escape Plan Worksheet(PDF) Fire Safety Checklist (PDF)

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