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Park Forest, IL 60466
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General Fire Safety
*  Make sure every room has enough electrical outlets to avoid the need for multiple attatchment plugs.  Never use more than one high-wattage appliance on a circuit at one time.

*  Careless smoking habits are easily the biggest single cause of fatal home fires.  Even if no one in your family smokes, chances are some of your guests will.  If you allow guests to smoke in your home, be sure to provide large, deep ashtrays and make sure all cigarettes are out before you empty them.  Also, remember to check furniture cushions and upholstery for hot embers and ashes before leaving a room where people have been smoking.

*  Instruct all family members not to use matches or candles to light the way in a power outage as they could start a fire.  Use flashlights instead.

*  Even well-protected, safety conscious homes can experience the tragedy of fire.  Knowing what to do if fire strikes is as important as taking preventive measures.  Plan and practice an escape plan - remember to have two ways out of every room and be sure to designate an outside meeting place.

*  Keep a close eye on the stove or oven while in use.  Many fires begin during unattended cooking operations.  Be sure to turn pot and pan handles in so they can't be knocked off or pulled down by small children.  Never put water on a grease fire as it spreads the flames.  Carrying a burning pan can easily spread the flames causing further damage and injury.  Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher or cover the fire with a lid instead.

*  All clothing can burn.  If your clothes catch fire, don't run - lay down where you are and smother the fire by rolling on it.  Cover your face with your hands to keep the smoke and fire off your face.  Fast action and quick thinking can save your life in a clothing fire.  So, remember, STOP, DROP and ROLL!

*  Properly installed detectors work best.  Smoke detectors are generally installed on the ceiling on each level of the home, especially outside the bedroom area.  Most manufactureres recommend installing detectors on the ceiling or on the walls between 6 and 12 inches below the ceiling.  Do not place detectors within 6 inches of where the wall and ceiling meet on either surface.  This is a "dead air" space that gets little air circulation.

*  If you experience a fire in your home and are trapped in a room, close the doors between you and the fire.  Stuff the cracks around the doors with a blanket or towels and cover the vents to keep smoke out.  Wait at a window and signal for help with a flashlight or a light colored sheet.  If there's a phone in the room you're trapped, call the fire department and tell them exactly where you are.