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E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home)

Most fatal home fires happen between midnight and 8 a.m. when most people are asleep. Toxic gases and heat —over 1000˚ F.—rise and can travel far ahead of the actual flames. When your smoke detector sounds, you may have less than 2 1/2 minutes to get out. Without an escape plan you have practiced, you may not make it. If you don’t have a smoke detector, you may never wake up.

Fire Safety Checklist

  • Test Your Smoke Alarm Monthly
    Working smoke alarms more that double your chances of surviving a fire in your home
  • Watch What You Heat
    Provide adequate clearances between heat sources and combustibles. Three feet of clearance is a good rule of thumb
  • Matches & Lighters Are Tools Not Toys
    Store matches and lighters high and away from children's reach, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Be Sure Your Christmas Tree Has A Constant Supply Of Water
    Check the water level daily. If the tree dries out, remove it promptly and store it away from your home
  • Never Leave Candles Unattended
    Use candleholders that are heavy, sturdy and large enough to properly hold the candles upright
  • Use Only U.L. Approved Christmas Lights
    Christmas lights and electrical cords should be inspected and in good condition before using. Use care to not overload electrical circuits
  • Make Your Fireplace Safe
    Assure that your fireplace has either a spark screen or glass doors. Have your chimney inspected annually
  • Plan Your Escape
    Take advantage of your children's holiday vacation and practice a fire escape drill in your home

Holiday Safety

Every year throughout the United States during the holiday season tragedy strikes hundreds of families. Statistics show that fires related to candles, christmas trees, holiday lighting and portable space heaters cause a dramatic increase in residential fires between Thanksgiving and New Years. Clackamas Fire District #1 wants you to have a safe holiday season.

Please click HERE for more information on Holiday Decor and Fire Safety Guidelines and for Occupancies Guidelines (schools, assemblies, licensed care facilities) from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's website.

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