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Quick Fire Preparedness Tips

We've found we've found several blogs where people have said that their own home took only 5-10 minutes to burn.

Whether you have 5 minutes or all afternoon, here are quick tasks could save you from a financial heartache down the road.

If You Have 5 Minutes

Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector . (Follow the manufacturer's instructions.). This should be done at least once a month. Change the battery while you're at it (if you haven't in over six months or so).

Do a fire extinguisher check — make sure they're in their correct locations and fully charged. The dial should be at 100 percent or "full." If it is below those levels, you'll need the extinguisher recharged by a professional (usually listed in the Yellow Pages or ask your fire department).

Program "ICE" in to your cell phone. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. [WHN page link TK] Simply enter ICE in front of any emergency contacts in your phone's address book - like ICE Erik.

If You Have 10 Minutes

Choose a meeting spot for the family to meet outside the house. (If you choose a neighbor's house, make sure all family members know the neighbor's address and phone number. And be sure to tell the neighbor they are 'it'!)

WHN Tip: Find That Favorite Tree
Neighbors too far away? Have your kids choose a favorite tree away from the home and on the lawn as your meeting place. Remind them to stay there and wait until the firefighters say it's OK to move. Make sure the spot is away from the road and driveway - first responder vehicles will drive on these.

Review other emergency plans.

Go through the fire and disaster emergency response plan for your children's school or day-care center, as well as other places where your family spends time.

Talk about these plans with everyone in the family.

If You Have 1 Hour


Make emergency information cards [WHN page link TK] for each person in your family. These health "business" cards list important contact details, allergies and special needs. Handy for babysitters, teachers or child care providers, these cards can be easily laminated and can be placed inside backpacks, briefcases, purses or near a phone in your house.

Safeguard your computer and your records. You may lose a DVD or computer by theft or fire – and you won't have access to your info! Print lists and copy any videos or photos and give them to a friend or relative for safe keeping and easy access in case of an emergency.

Create a Home Emergency Exit Plan. Draw a floor plan of your residence and mark two possible escape routes from each and every room. Place a copy in each room in an obvious location - near the door, on a bulletin board, etc. - and tell each family member about the escape route plan.

Practice the escape plan. Blindfold family members, put them in their bedroom and tell them to crawl to safety. Have parents time kids and kids time parents – the fastest one wins a prize! (Choosing dinner? Extra allowance? Just be sure prizes are decided before the race begins.)

If You Have a Morning or Afternoon

Start your home inventory list. You'll want to do this to help with insurance claims in the event of a theft, fire or natural disaster.Use a video or digital camera. For pricier items, antiques or heirlooms, be sure you have written documentation (make, models and serial numbers) along with visual documentation to help with an insurance claim.

Gather important documents and make copies of them, and store them in a Home Grab-and-Go Kit. Why? It's pretty hard to file for an insurance claim and financial assistance without copies of your personal records and insurance policies.

Finished with all of these tasks? Head to Be Prepared for more preparedness tips.

FireUsing a Fire ExtinguisherHere are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.Wildfires What Homeowners Need to KnowThe more you know and understand about the causes of wildfires, the better you can protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfire loss and injury. What Firefighters DoFire fighting is no easy task. Here are some basics about these truly heroic people. Fire Safety Questions and AnswersWhat to know before a fire.Apartment Fires What You Should KnowThis list accompanies Help – House Fire. [WHN page link TK] Be sure to read that as well as the following tips.After a Fire Questions You May Be AskedAfter the fire, you may have a meeting or interview with a fire chief, fire marshal and/or arson investigator. This helps the fire department decide the cause of the fire, which may also impact your insurance claim.After a Fire Common Homeowner MistakesIn the aftermath of a house fire, most homeowners are too distraught to think clearly about what to do next such as secure the property, remove important documents and notify the mortgage company.Top 10 Cooking Safety TipsCooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. Educate yourself now on fire prevention and what to do if a fire does occur.Testing GFCI Electrical OutletsHere's what you need to know about GFCIs.Smoke Alarm Safety GuidelinesOver 90 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Here are some tips from their site.Preventing Carbon Monoxide PoisoningAccording to FreeMD, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of death by poisoning in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming one of those numbers.Kids and Fire SafetyGetting kids involved in fire safety is important…and often not the first thing kids want to do when they could be playing with friends. Here are some tips to get your kids input on family fire safety.4 Fast Facts About FireThe United States Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), believes that fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple facts from the USFA .Quick Fire Preparedness TipsWe've found we've found several blogs where people have said that their own home took only 5-10 minutes to burn. Whether you have 5 minutes or all afternoon, here are quick tasks could save you from a financial heartache down the road.Emergency Window Decals Why NOT to Use ThemDo you have fire decals on your windows? Interestingly, nearly all modern fire departments around the country do not recommend using them. Here are some reasons from the National Fire Prevention Association.Campfire Safety 101Toasting marshmallows and roasting hotdogs over a crackling campfire is one of the most popular American summer activities. Be safe and follow these tips.Backyard Fire Pit Safety TipsSitting around a fire is an American summer past time we hold dear to our hearts. However, not all of us can escape to the woods for the true campfire experience. Backyard fire pits are becoming a popular alternative to camp fires.BBQ Safety TipsGrilling is an American favorite. But if you're not careful, it can be a fire hazard. Read through these safety tips from the Home Safety Council.