- Never leave a small child unattended, even for a minute.
- Install smoke alarms near the furnace, and near areas where people sleep. Check the batteries monthly.
- Keep fire extinguishers around the home. Make sure they're always charged.
- Devise different escape routes, and practice fire drills.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Make sure children don't have access to lighters or matches.
- Carefully dispose of ashes, matches and cigarette butts.
- Make sure all open flames are protected with a barrier.
- Inspect electrical appliances and cords for signs of wear or connection problems.
- Don't wear loose clothing when you are near a fireplace, space heater or stove.
Checked your smoke detector batteries lately?
August 16, 2012
They’re mostly common sense, but the recommendations recently issued by theAmerican Academy of Pediatricsfor how to reduce your risk of a fire at home bear repeating: