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Steps to Safety: How to Protect Your Family from a Fire
Learning the basics of fire safety is the first step in fighting fire – and it just so happens to be the most important.

Understanding the best ways to protect your home and family or your business from fire should always be at the top of your to-do list. Be safe with these few steps that can help shield your family from danger at home.

Step 1 - Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.
  • Use Kidde 10year 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. If using traditional battery-powered alarms, remember to replace batteries as needed, at least twice a year.
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Step 2 - Place Fire Extinguishers Within Reach on 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.
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Step 3 - Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms on Each floor and Near Bedrooms.

Look for the BSI kite mark to be sure the alarm meets quality standards.

  • Replace outdated alarms with Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms.
  • Test alarms weekly.
  • Because CO weighs about the same as air, an alarm can be placed on a table or shelf or mounted high on a wall. Refer to the user’s manual for installation instructions.
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Step 4 - Create an Escape Plan With Your Family.
  • Download this guide from the London Fire Brigade for creating an escape plan.
  • Practice regularly, both day and night.
  • Know 2 ways out of every room.
  • Know who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.