Fire Prevention and Safety
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"Fire Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility"
The IAFC and fire experts nationwide encourage people to change smoke detector batteries at least annually. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when you turn your clock back in the fall. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality alkaline batteries, such as energizer brand batteries, to keep your smoke detector going year-long.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and your local fire department urge you to adopt a simple, potentially lifesaving habit: change the batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks back to standard time in the fall.
Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. Should you need to purchase one, the IAFC recommends a multi-or all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.
Create at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during fires. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a home fire and that they recognize its alarm.
Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and family room and, most importantly in all bedrooms.
Child Safety Seat Inspections
Please visit Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) Child Safety Seat Inspection Calendar website:
http://fha.maryland.gov/ohpetup/kiss/calendar or call 410-638-4516 for more information.