Have a severe weather plan! All thunderstorms are dangerous and have potential to cause injury. Watch for darkening clouds, increasing winds, distant lightning and listen for thunder. Know your location at all times and how you will get to shelter if you are outside. Seek shelter in the lowest level of a sturdy building away from doors and windows.
Regularly inspect and clean your bathroom exhaust fans and use for brief periods of time. The motor can easily overheat and ignite built-up lint.
Allow BBQ charcoals to completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.
Be sure everyone in your home know two ways out of every room in case of fire and practice your fire escape plan with your family.
Have a family fire drill!
To operate a fire extinguisher on a small fire, remember the PASS method. While standing with your back to an exit and several feet away from the fire:
Pull the pin
Aim at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle and
Sweep the extinguisher from side to side.
Remember to empty the extinguisher. If the room is filling with smoke or the fire is not being extinguished evacuate immediately! Call 9-1-1
Ask smokers to smoke outside. If smoking inside, be sure ashtrays are placed on a steady surface and beware of dropped ashes which could start a fire.
Only use a BBQ grill outside on a steady surface away from the house, shed, deck railings, and anything that can burn.
Check the gas tank hose for leaks especially before the first BBQ grill use each year.
Check for metal when heating foods (foil, twist-ties etc.) in the microwave. This metal may ignite and cause a fire inside your microwave.