1.Test your smoke detector once a month.
2.Press the test button on your detector and check that the device beeps or rings loudly.
3.Avoid lighting candles under the detector to see if the alarm goes off. Repeated use of smoke to activate detectors can cause them to fail when a real fire occurs.
If your detector runs on batteries, change them when you change your clocks - at the start and end of daylight-saving time.
If your smoke detector starts chirping or beeping off and on, it's time to change the batteries.
You may want to consider purchasing a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector. These units cost more but are well worth it.
If a smoke detector goes off, you literally have seconds to respond. There is absolutely no time to gather possessions, pets and possibly even each other. Your best response is to leave your home immediately, gather at your prearranged meeting place and call 911 from a neighbor's home.
Avoid getting any paint or dust on your smoke detector.
Make sure the smoke detector you choose has been tested by an independent testing laboratory.
Replace all detectors after 10 years. Steps:
1.Memorize the acronym for using an extinguisher: "PASS." It stands for "pull, aim, squeeze, sweep."
2.Make sure the fire extinguisher is upright.
3.Remove the plastic tie from the handle.
4.Pull the pin from the handle.
5.Aim the nozzle low, while keeping the extinguisher upright.
6.Squeeze the handle. The substance will be released.
7.Move in toward the fire, keeping the extinguisher focused on the base of the fire, when you can see that it's being put out.
8.Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is out.
Place the fire extinguisher by an exit so that you can leave if you notice the fire becoming too large for you to extinguish yourself.
Keep extinguishers in the kitchen and the garage - but never near the stove. If a fire breaks out at the stove, you want to be able to grab your extinguisher from elsewhere.
Replace or refill your extinguisher once it has been used, even if only a little material was released.
Teach everyone in your family how to use a fire extinguisher.
The suggested type and size of fire extinguisher for home use is Dry Chemical ABC, size 2-A:10-B:C.
If a smoke detector goes off in your home, you literally have seconds to respond. There is absolutely no time to gather possessions, pets and possibly even each other. Your best response is to leave your home immediately, gather at your prearranged meeting place and call 911 from a neighbor's home.
Never go back into the house once you've escaped from a fire.
Never turn your back on a fire, even if you've extinguished it - it may flare up again.
Try not to use up all the extinguishing material in one blow.