NFPA responds to the coronavirus

EDUCATING YOUR COMMUNITY

NFPA offers a wealth of information and resources to help local officials keep their communities safe from fire during the pandemic and beyond.

Smoke alarms

With everyone working and learning at home, and routines altered, it’s critical to protect your family from fire. Ensure your home has working smoke alarms on every level, outside all sleeping areas, and in all bedroom

Cooking

Families are trying new recipes and having fun cooking together, but there are also more distractions with everyone at home. Never leave cooking unattended, and follow these safety tips.

Teach children that hot things can burn, and have a kid-free zone of 3 feet (1 meter) around appliances. Follow these safety tips to keep your family safe.

Microwaves are a great option for quick meals when everyone’s at home. Be sure to open heated food slowly and away from the face; hot steam can cause burns. Always supervise children when they use a microwave. Teach these safety tips to everyone in the household.

Electrical safety in the home

It’s a good time to review electrical safety at home; make sure electrical appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets rather than extension cords, and follow these safety tips to protect your family.

Lithium batteries

Laptops, tablets, phones, game systems ... we’re all relying on these devices while we work and learn at home. To be safe while being productive, be sure to plug electronic devices directly into wall outlets, and place them on hard surfaces rather than under a pillow or blanket, or on a couch.

Escape planning

With school out and new work-at-home schedules, sleep patterns may be different. Make sure everyone in your home knows your home fire escape plan. Practice the escape plan. Factor in options for family members who may fall asleep in front of the TV in a family room or basement.

Use NFPA’s home fire escape plan grid to draw a map of your home and plan two ways out of every room.

Smoking

More people at home may mean more people smoking at home. If you smoke, smoke outside and extinguish butts in deep ashtrays, water or sand. Never put butts directly into a trash can.

Emergency preparedness

Part of keeping your family safe at home is having an emergency kit. NFPA’s emergency planning checklist helps families prepare; being prepared helps children feel safe and secure.

Campers and camping

Fire departments and other first responders are taxed, and many communities have imposed burn bans. Check with your municipality before setting up a campfire, and follow these safety tips to prevent accidents.

To properly isolate from family members and keep everyone safe, some frontline workers are using campers or RVs as temporary homes. Be sure these homes have working smoke alarms, pay particular attention when cooking, and follow these safety tips.

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