Smoke alarms or detectors work even when you cannot smell smoke.
Keep fire extinguishers in handy locations.
Fires can be loud, burn fast, and produce lots of smoke. It is a good idea for everyone to know how to get out of their home quickly if one occurs.
Establish fire escape routes from every room in your house. It is best to have two ways to get out of each room, since one of the ways may be blocked by smoke or fire. Have twice-a-year fire drills to practice escaping.
Teach family members what to do in case of a fire.
Teach children about fires.
Explain how they are accidentally started and how to prevent them.
Children should understand the following:
Children's sleepwear should be specifically labeled as snug-fitting or flame-resistant. Using other clothing, including loose-fitting garments, increases the risk of severe burns if the item catches fire.
Supervise children when they are using fireworks. Never assume that a child will read and follow safety instructions.
See also: Oxygen safety
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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