TweetKids under the age of five are at twice the risk of dying in a residential fire than those in other age groups, according to the U.S.
Heat sources—including matches, lighters, and other items commonly found in homes—are the leading cause of fire-related deaths in kids under the age of five. Smoke alarms serve as a first alert, letting your family know there’s imminent danger and providing a few moments warning for you to enact your fire safety plan. Your local fire department may also offer child safety kits, including window decals to alert first responders to the rooms in which your kids may be sleeping. Take a tour of your local fire station to familiarize your kids with fire fighters in uniform.
There are many precautions you can take in your home to reduce fire hazards and keep your kids safe. During your fire escape practice, use multiple scenarios and practice rescuing infants via multiple methods. Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your home, especially if you have an infant or toddler. The Stop, Drop and Roll technique – Stop moving, lie down and roll if clothing catches fire. Never leave children unattended around any fire hazard, including cooking stoves, candles, portable heaters, or any other heat source.
If you’re unable to evacuate the home because fire has taken over all available exit routes, stay put. If your kids’ clothing has caught fire and they aren’t able to stop, drop and roll, quench the flames with blankets or towels. Babies are often too young to recall a home fire, but younger kids are cognizant enough that a devastating fire can cause significant emotional problems after the event. Even if your child wasn’t present when the fire occurred, sudden uprooting of the living environment and the loss of favorite blankets or stuffed animals can cause confusion and distress. The best way to keep your kids safe is to prevent home fires from happening in the first place.
By teaching your kids about fire safety, formulating and practicing a fire escape plan, following fire prevention practices and preparing your children for the proper actions during a fire, you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe from a home fire.
Energy efficient homes that have added insulation, sealed windows and other weatherproofing can become 'airtight' and trap CO inside. Proper disposal of fire extinguishersPlease do not put unwanted or expired fire extinguishers in the trash. Fire sprinklers save lives, reduce property loss and can even help cut homeowner insurance premiums.
The use of open fires indoors to stay warm and save money can be deadly because burning wood and charcoal also releases carbon monoxide. Be sure to keep combustible materials such as bedding, clothing, draperies, rugs and furniture a safe distance from heating appliances. A California Fire Protection District serving Santa Clara County and the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga.
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Invite your local fire station to your home to help you devise the most efficient escape routes. This is especially important in the kitchen, where dish towels, sponges, paper towels, and other items can catch fire if placed too close to a hot stove. These gadgets pick up on electrical arcs, usually caused by poor insulation or loose wires or connections, and halt them before they lead to fires. This slows the time it takes for smoke from hallway fires to enter the room, leaving more time for firefighters to rescue young kids. Toddlers may experience fear, confusion and insecurity in the days, weeks and even months after a home fire. Before an extinguisher is used, a clear exit should be identified for an easy escape if the fire can be controlled.
You can also opt for wireless alarm systems that are interconnected, sounding all the alarms in the home for better notification of a problem in one area of the home. Over time, lint and other particles can build up in the vent system or dryer cabinet (where the heating element is located) and potentially cause fires.
If you have question about fire safety or would like help installing a smoke detector, please contact us by calling 725-2119 or send an e-mail with your request to Fire Chief. DonateDonations to the Department can be made through The United Way by simply writing in Mathews Volunteer Fire Department on your United Way Pledge Form.

For over two decades, the agency continually promoted upgrading of equipment and providing emergency medical services including handling of hazardous materials (HAZMAT), fire safety awareness programs, community outreach and involvement. Erb and Young Insurance is here to help you as the owner of a Florida Home to make informed decisions when it comes to anything that can threaten the well-being of you, your family and your assets — like protecting your family from fire by providing home fire safety tips.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement and outside all sleeping areas. Make sure your child understands to “get out and stay out.” He or she should get out of the home immediately and not go back in, even if family members or pets are still inside.
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Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.
Tell them to never hide from firefighters, and to follow all directions from firefighters during a fire.
Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room – especially sleeping areas. If you live in a two storey house, and you must escape from a second storey window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground. If you have any questions regarding fire safety, please contact your local fire department. And two-thirds of all homes in which fires result in the death of a child under five years old aren’t equipped with working smoke alarms.
While you can take steps to reduce fire hazards, there’s little that can be done to predict and prevent a random wiring malfunction that could lead to a devastating fire. If you don’t have smoke alarms installed, your local fire department may offer them free or at a reduced cost. Teach them that fire fighters are friendly heroes – this prevents them from shying away or even running away from fire fighters in hazardous situations.
While prevention isn’t a 100 percent guarantee, following safe practices can reduce the risk of a devastating fire. Even responsible children can accidentally light a fire if they encounter a lighter or match and try it out of curiosity.
You should always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, for instance, as it’s a common location for fires to occur from cooking and other hazards. A great find in your parent’s attic might seem like a money-saver, but old appliances weren’t manufactured up to par with modern safety standards.
Portable oxygen is 100 percent pure oxygen, making it extremely flammable – in fact, it’s explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
It should be far enough away from the structure that you will be safe if the building collapses, but close enough that your kids can get there easily. These devices detect fires and activate sprinklers, which can help douse flames and provide a few extra critical minutes or seconds to evacuate the home. Teach toddlers and young kids to stay at least three feet away from any common heat source or hazard in your home. Kids must cope with the loss of their familiar home and their most prized possessions, and in the worst cases, possibly the death of a sibling, parent, or another loved one. House fires can have devastating physical and emotional consequences, and the effects on young kids can be especially difficult to overcome in the aftermath.
Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
Check your flue assembly for alignment and rigidity; a small earthquake is all it takes to loosen the flue to allow the products of combustion into your home.
Portable fire escape ladders will provide an alternate escape route from second or third story windows. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is a safe escape.
Teach children not to play with matches, lighters, and other materials that can be used to start fires.
Check to make sure all appliances, including the stove, are turned off before leaving the home. In case you missed some, ask your children to tell you where any are located throughout your home.
Practice your escape plan in the dark so that you all know what to expect and how to navigate the home without electricity.
Important steps for the plan include leaving the home right away and having a designated meeting place.

That is why it is so important to sit down with your family today and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire.
Smoke alarms are set off when a fire starts, alerting people before they are trapped or overcome by smoke. They will also check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and can even point out fire hazards in your home that you weren’t aware of. Fire Administration also keeps The National Fire Department Census Database, which lists all fire departments registered with the USFA, along with addresses and basic information on each department. But it’s also important in all areas of your home – blankets and clothing piled up against a heat run, for instance, can also pose a fire hazard.
If your garage contains a workshop, where even a thin layer of sawdust is present, and a heating appliance – whether a portable kerosene heater, wood stove, coal stove or anything else – there’s a fire risk. For children younger than three or those not able to adequately follow detailed instructions, you’ll need a more comprehensive escape plan. Make arrangements in your escape plan for family members that may have special needs, such as, infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations. If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side, pushing the fire away from you. Keep flammable liquids such as kerosene and gasoline locked up and safely stored away from kids and heat.
Agree on a meeting place outside your home where every member of the household will gather to wait for the fire department. Go directly to your meeting place and then call the fire department from a neighbour’s phone. Among the thousands of children killed or injured in home fires each year, about 40 percent are under five years of age. Even simple precautions that seem like overkill can make the difference between keeping your kids safe through fire prevention and a deadly fire occurring in your home.
Firefighters are trained to look next to a child’s bed first upon entering a room, ensuring that they will find your child quickly – providing a few more valuable seconds to get your toddler outside safely. Sources of CO include the furnace, water heater, gas kitchen range or cooktop, gas clothes dryer, fireplace, space heater, portable generator, charcoal grill, wood-burning stove or an idling vehicle in an attached garage. If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms.
If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home. Contact the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (408) 299-7300 for more information on how to properly dispose of an extinguisher.Fire extinguisher - Self Training Education Program (STEP) KitCounty Fire offers a self-training education program kit.
Emergency release devices won't compromise your security - but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire. Teach kids what to do if their clothes catch fire: Stop, Drop to the ground, and Roll until the fire is put out.
This allows you to count heads and inform the fire department if anyone is trapped inside the burning building.
Firefighters have the training, experience and protective equipment needed to enter burning buildings. Install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Because kids of this age aren’t as capable of exiting a home or understanding the dangers of fire risks, parents must take extra precautions to reduce fire risk in the home and prepare comprehensive safety and evacuation plans to ensure their children escape safely. When you do a fire drill, everyone in the family should practice crawling low under the smoke to exit. Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene. If you are interested in obtaining this kit, which includes a Fire Extinguisher DVD, pre- and post-test and informational handout about fire extinguishers, please contact the Community Education Office at (408) 378-4010. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. In fact, just one activated sprinkler head contains or extinguishes 90% of all fires in homes with fire sprinkler systems!Modern fire sprinklers provide unobtrusive protection and can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings.

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