Fire Prevention Month Tips

October is Fire Prevention Month. Environmental Health and Safety would like to share the following fire safety tips:

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.
  • Always know two ways out – wherever you are – at home, in your residence hall, a restaurant, a movie, a party.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Don’t run your extension cords under carpets. They can become frayed and start a fire.
  • Do not overload your outlets or extension cords. They can overheat and start a fire.
  • Make sure your home has large address numbers on the front so the fire department can find your house.
  • Use a listed power strip to plug in several appliances, but don’t overload the outlet.
  • If you’re cooking, don’t use water on a grease fire. Cover it and smother it or use the fire extinguisher.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher BEFORE the fire! If you aren’t sure, then close the door to the room, activate the building’s fire alarm or call 2911 (on campus) or 911 after you get out.