Stop, drop and roll.
We all can agree that phrase was etched into our brains as children. But, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, what else can we do to make sure we are prepared for an emergency like a fire? If you’re living off-campus, run through this fire safety checklist:
1) Make sure your fire alarms are less than 10 years old. You should check the date on your fire alarm and make sure it isn’t any older than 10 years. Fire alarms should be changed every 10 years.
2) You should test your alarms once every month. It’s important to make sure they’re working properly, so check them using the test button.
3) Remember to change the battery. Some batteries in fire alarms don’t last as long as others, so make sure you’re frequently checking if they’re working properly.
4) Have a smoke alarm on every floor, in every bathroom and in sleeping areas. Not every home has the exact number of alarms recommend. Double check that you have fire alarms in all the necessary locations.
5) In the case of a fire, your immediate reaction should only be to get outside right away. Don’t go to your closet and grab your favorite pieces of clothing and then all your electronics. Your safety is the most important thing, and material items are replaceable. Get outside quickly.
Remind your friends and ask your family if they know all these helpful tips to promote fire safety.