Family Fire Safety Tips

I am sharing these family fire safety tips with you because November 3rd marks the time to turn back your clocks. I received a thank you gift for sharing this information with you.  In my home, turning the clocks back means something besides one less hour of sleep.  It means that it’s time again to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. We have three smoke detectors in our home. One is at the top of our basement stairs.  The second is at the bottom of our first floor stairs.  The third is at the top of the second floor stairs.

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Family fire safety tips

Family Fire Safety Tips

I try to pay attention to fire safety.  We heat with a wood stove so it is something that’s always on my mind.  Even though my children are teenagers now, we have had several discussions on family fire safety tips.  These are the family fire safety tips I use to make sure we stay as safe as possible.

  • Make sure the smoke detectors are working. If you remove the battery, put it back. Sometimes ours goes off when I’m cooking dinner (shush don’t tell) or when we blow out a candle.
  • Do not go crazy plugging lots of plugs into outlets.  This is mainly for the teenagers who feel each plug must have 2 extension cords with several electronic gadgets in each one.
  • Have an escape plan. We have had the same escape plan and the same outside meeting spot since the kids were tiny. It never changes so it’s easy to remember.
  • No unattended candles.  My daughter loves scented candles in her room. It’s important to blow them out when you leave the room.
  • Stop, drop and roll.  This is great for the little kids to remember. If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll. Practice with them.
  • Post emergency numbers near the phones.  Include 911 as well as any local numbers that are important.
  • Matches and lighters are not toys. This was important when my kids were little but not as much now. Make sure you keep them out of the hands of little children.
  • Place fire extinguishers around the home.  Then make sure to have them checked when necessary.
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Did you know, thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you set your clocks back – it could help save a life.

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Family fire safety tips

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Comments

  1. tiffany lane says:
    clean your smoke alrams and carbon minoxide detectors
  2. change batteries on smoke alarms once a year
  3. we make sure to change our detector batteries regularly. It is very important to know the batteries are actually working. Thanks for the reminder!
  4. Nicole Brady says:
    I've heard that you change your batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clock but I never thought about carbon minoxide detectors. That's what I learned! (And that they're having a contest on their FB page!)
  5. Theron Willis says:
    Change the batteries once a year. I also learned of carbon monoxide detectors, which I never heard about before. Hope to win!
  6. Susan Christy says:
    Change your flashlight batteries!  Why didn't I think of this? I change the batteries in the smoke detector when DST starts and ends, but never thought to do that with the flashlights next to all the beds.
  7. Margaret Smith says:
    I learned that you should also clean your smoke alarm and detectors.
  8. Brandy Davis says:
    Change flashlight batteries. Something I never remember.
  9. Cheryl Abdelnour says:
    I learned these--- Don'ts DON'T store your flashlight in high temperatures. This could accelerate defects in your flashlight, including possible battery leakage. DON'T leave your flashlight under the seat in your car, or in direct sunlight.
  10. Dorothy Teel says:
    You can print out a graph form and draw what you home is like and show escape routes, and their are also coloring activities for kids
  11. Twice a year when you change your clock for daylight saving time you should change your smoke alarm batteries.
  12. I learned they offer an Escape Plan.
  13. I should change your flashlight batteries!
  14. Visited and learned I can download an escape plan to use for my family.
  15. Shannon Baas says:
    I learned that we don't have enough smoke detectors.
  16. Shannon Baas says:
    I learned that we don't have enough smoke detectors.
  17. dust your smoke alarm
  18. I learned that we should clean our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors each month.
  19. I need to change my batteries this year!
  20. I learned I should be changing my batteries more often.
  21. Ann Fantom says:
    I learned that you shouldn't carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.
  22. Karen Glatt says:
    When changing the clocks twice a year, I need to change the batteries. This way I know that my batteries are good.
  23. don't mix old and new batteries or different types of batteries
  24. I learned that smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years.
  25. I learned they have printable activities for kids.
  26. I learned that you should change your smoke alarms every 10 years. Thank you!
  27. amybelle2001 says:
    I learned not to keep my flashlight in my car under the seat (whoops).
  28. Sandra VanHoey says:
    I learned they have fire safety activities for the kids to learn as well on their site
  29. Most everyday use batteries can be disposed of through the normal waste management process and need no special consideration.
  30. Linda Lansford says:
    I learned Families are encouraged to use the extra hour “gained” from the end of daylight saving time to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries.
  31. Brittany Whitley says:
    I learned that Eveready invented the first miniature battery in the 1950's :)
  32. I learned that we should test and change our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on November 3rd every year.
  33. For 26 years Energizer, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has been helping to keep families safe through their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.
  34. i learned you can downlaod fire escape plan and other fire safety activities for your family to learn more.
  35. joni mitchell says:
    check my batteries in my smoke detector
  36. Brandi Price says:
    They have one the "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" campaign for 26 years.
  37. Steve Stone says:
    I learned to replace batteries often.
  38. There are 4 types of AA batteries.
  39. Change the smoke alarm batteries yearly.
  40. Keely Hostetter says:
    learned you are supposed to clean your alarms. never thought about that.
  41. Monique Rizzo says:
    I learned you should dust your smoke alarm. Thanks for the chance. mogrill12@gmail.com
  42. Jacob LaFountaine says:
    I learned you should clean your detectors monthly
  43. Cynthia Sizemore says:
    I am so embarrassed about what I learned,I never thought about it till now but I don't have smoke alarms in my house.
  44. Kathie Craig says:
    I learned that there should be at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of your home. This includes one in or by each bedroom. I need to get smoke alarms for my house!!
  45. I learned that you need to replace your smoke detectors every 10 years!
  46. Rich Morris says:
    that most batteries have a shelf life of 10 years
  47. my batteries would probably last longer if i bought energizer
  48. I learned to not forget to clean out the smoke alarms and  carbon monoxide detectors. People tend to forget even the smallest things can collect dust and need cleaning as well!
  49. jennifer watts says:
    i learned that u are supposed to check your smome dectores and carbon monoxide detectors around the time of the time change.
  50. tina reynolds says:
    I learned that I do not have enough dectectors inside my house
  51. There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home (oops, need one in the basement) and they should be less than 10 yrs old.  No idea how old ours are.  Most, if not all of them were here when we moved in a few years ago.
  52. I;ve learned that I need to change the smoke detectors every number of years 
  53. I learned that they just gave away smoke detectors, too.  They also have fire safety printouts for children.
  54. wendy rozema says:
    i learned i should change the batteries!
  55. I learned that it is a good idea to change flashlight batteries twice a year as well. I never thought to change those!
  56. I learned how to clean our smoke alarms
  57. Made me think about changing the batteries in our flashlights. I always remember to change them in the smoke alarms.
  58. Virginia Rowell says:
    I learned the  you can keep battery contact surfaces clean by gently rubbing with a clean pencil eraser or cloth.
  59. melissaandkeith miller says:
    change batteries once a year
  60. Tanya White says:
    I learned that most historians date the start of battery development from the late 18th century
  61. didn't know you should clean the smoke detector
  62. We only have 3 minutes on average to get out of the house after the alarm sounds.
  63. Sherry Eckman says:
    Install  fire extinguishers and make sure the whole family knows how to use them
  64. Rebecca Peters says:
    they have fire safety activites for kids
  65. don't intermix batteries together
  66. They have a lot of resources available to help you prepare for disaster.
  67. Debra Hall says:
    Change Your Flashlight Batteries
  68. I like how you can download the escape plan from Energizer's site
  69. Everyone should have a fire escape plan and  practice it.
  70. Beth Klocinski says:
    Sometimes saving a life can be that simple – Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®.
  71. Angela Ash says:
    I learned a variety of safety tips form the Energizer website. It's definitely chock full of valuable information.
  72. Brittney House says:
    I can download an escape plan to use for my family.
  73. Richard Hicks says:
    I learned that you should replace the detector every 10 yrs brich22 at earthlink dot net
  74. For 26 years Energizer, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has been helping to keep families safe through their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program. On November 3rd, remember to test and change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clock back from Daylight Saving Time. Families are encouraged to use the extra hour “gained” from the end of daylight saving time to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries.
  75. sherry butcher says:
    Learned to change batteries to smoke almarm and flashlitht.
  76. I learned Energizer Max batteries have a very good shelf-life of up to 10 years.
  77. I learned that 2x a year you should replace the battries!~
  78. For 26 years Energizer, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has been helping to keep families safe through their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.
  79. I learned that you shouldn't carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.
  80. I learned that we need to change the batteries in the smoke detector once a year.
  81. Barbara Stenby says:
    I learned you should clean your clean your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
  82. Karen Drake says:
    I learned that batteries are like a small power plant that converts a chemical reaction in to energy.
  83. Stephanie Larison says:
    The site has satefy activities for kids.
  84. melikegarfield says:
    Wow....I didn't know Energerizer has been a part of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program for 26 years!
  85. ASHLEY NOALL says:
    I learned you should change smoke detectors every 10 years. Very important for safety
  86. Douglas Houston says:
    They an emergency plan you can download
  87. Cathy French says:
    I learned something I wouldn't have thought of, to change your flashlight batteries at the same time as chainging the smoke alarm battery
  88. I learned that you should have a fire extinguisher on every level of home.
  89. Jennifer Reed says:
    I learned that you should not store flashlights under the seat of your car. I did not know this.
  90. Paula Tavernie says:
    I learned when you change your clock change your batteries!
  91. Buddy Garrett says:
    I learned smoke and carbon Monoxide detectors are sensitive so you should clean them.
  92. amy deeter says:
    dust your smoke alarm
  93. I love the kid friendliness of the site and that you can download an escape plan...going to do so with my family.
  94. i need to change my batteries a lot more often than i do! haha
  95. Dusty Schnur says:
    I learned that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be cleaned once a month.
  96. ilearned to change your bsatteries twice a year when the time changes
  97. Amber Carter says:
    that you should dust your fire alarms
  98. amanda whitley says:
    i learned i need to start cleaning my detectors and carbon monoxide detectors once a month
  99. susan smoaks says:
    when you see that there is a fire you have to get out
  100. Karrie Millheim says:
    Remember to change batteries. I always forget
  101. Christian Alejandro says:
    I learned that it's best to stick to changing batteries along with the time change instead of waiting for them to beep
  102. Trisha McKee says:
    I learned to pay attention to details, like changing batteries in flashlights and dusting smoke alarms. Safety deserves your utmost attention.
  103. Don't mix old and new batteries together, thanks!
  104. Thanks for the giveaway…Most smoke detectors work either by optical detection (photoelectric) or by physical process (ionization)
  105. Don't forget about flashlight batteries!
  106. Marcy Strahan says:
    I learned the impoertance of having an escape plan & that they have a download aid to help you! I already make a point of having 1 window in each main room unbloced by furniture , check it often to make sure it is easy to open & that evryone know how to get out of it!
  107. Mihaela Day says:
    I learnt NOT to store your flashlight in high temperatures

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