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With the drought extreme and this oppressive heat, fire conditions are exceedingly dangerous.  It always pays to plan ahead and be prepared in the event of a fire; here are some common sense tips and suggestions:

 

--Are you a smoker?  Never throw your cigarette butt out your car window!  Countless grass fires begin by discarded cigarettes.  Another rule of thumb for smokers:  Don't smoke in bed.  Falling asleep with a lit cigarette in your hand is a recipe for disaster.

 

--Do you have a charcoal grill?  Enjoy your outdoor cookouts, but be safe!  Don't grill around grass or other vegetation, and it's vital to place your grill where it's shielded from gusty winds.  And don't leave your grill unattended! 

 

--In your home, do you have a fire escape plan?  It's best to have a plan with at least two ways of escaping every room in your dwelling.  Test windows and doors; do they open easily enough, are they wide and/or tall enough?  

 

--Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.

 

--Always sleep with your door closed.  This will keep deadly smoke and heat outside your bedroom, giving you valuable time to escape.

 

--In a fire time is critical.  Don't waste time getting dressed, or looking for pets or valuables.  Just get out!

 

--In the event of a fire, follow these crucial steps.  Stay low!  Feel all doors before opening them; if a door is hot, get out another way.  And our schools teach this to our kids, because it is exactly what you must do if your clothes catch on fire:  stop, drop, and roll!

 

--Install smoke detectors.  Check them once a month, and change batteries at least once a year.  At least one smoke detector should be installed on every level of a structure.  Purchase only smoke detectors labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).

 

--Matches and lighters are dangerous!  Store them where kids can't reach them, preferably in a locked area.  Teach children that matches and lighters are "tools" only to be used by adults. 

 

--Make sure you have a safe fire escape method for all situations.  You may have installed a very expensive home security system, but if it delays you escaping from a fire you have a false level of confidence!

 

For more tips and information, feel free to visit here:

http://firesafetytips.com/default.htm#additional

And be safe!

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