Welcome and meet The Super Prepared Family! The Safety's, also known as The Super Prepared Family, is a family that practices and educates others on fire and carbon monoxide safety. Together, Max, Audrey, Valarie and Alex help protect what matters most by practicing safety in numbers!
Learn from The Super Prepared Family and take some time to create and practice your family’s safety plans! It is important to teach the whole family about fire safety and what to do in case of an emergency. Below we have provided tips and useful tools to help you teach your family home safety.
Fire Safety Equipment Placement:
Placement of fire safety equipment around the house is important. First Alert offers a variety of fire safety equipment to help make you a Super Prepared Family too! It is important to install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and escape ladders in your home. The house on the left shows all the suggested places to have each piece of equipment. Provided below is additional information on where each piece of equipment should be located according to the NFPA.
- Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home.
- They should also be placed in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet away from the kitchen or stove to avoid cooking nuisance alarms.
- Smoke alarms should be installed either on the ceiling or high up on a wall, no more than 10 inches from the top of the wall.
- Smoke alarms should be cleaned and maintained so that dust, pollen, pet dander, etc. does not affect the alarm's sensor.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
- Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, like smoke alarms, should be placed on each level of the home.
- They should also be placed in each bedroom.
- CO alarms can be placed anywhere in the room, they do NOT need to be close to the ground or the ceiling. Carbon monoxide distributes evenly through the air, so an alarm will detect it no matter what height it is installed at.
- Carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.
- There should be at least one fire extinguisher on every level of the home.
- It is important to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. However, you must make sure you have the right grade of fire extinguisher.
- It would be smart to also have an extinguisher in the garage. Like the kitchen extinguisher, make sure you have the correct grade of fire extinguisher for a possible fire that could start in the garage.
- P.A.S.S. Technique
- Pull the pin
- Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the lever
- Sweep from side to side
- Escape ladders are not required by law, but they could be extremely useful in case of a house fire.
- You should have at least one if your home has a second or third story.
- Each room in your home should have two escape routes, in most bedrooms the window is an escape route, therefore it would be smart to keep an escape ladder in a closet or easily accessible location in the bedroom.
Start practicing safety in numbers today with help from The Super Prepared Family! Show your family how to replace the alarms and batteries. It is also important that you test the alarms together to show them what the alarm sounds like and teach them not to be afraid of the sound, but what to do when they hear it.
Having alarms is important for home safety, but so is having an emergency escape plan. When creating your emergency escape plan, include a safe meeting spot and practice it with the whole family. Make sure your kids know how to call 9-1-1 and that they should always call in case of an emergency. To learn more on how to create an emergency escape route, click here.
By planning, testing and knowing fire safety tips, you will be prepared in case of a home emergency. By practicing safety numbers, you and your family can be a Super Prepared Family too!
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