Safety Tips

Rescue Ready’s Top 10 Safety Tips


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#1 Develop a Fire Safety Plan for you and your family and PRACTICE IT!
“Be Rescue Ready” before the emergency happens!


#2 Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home, in hallways, and bedrooms.
 Test them regularly! Early warning increases your chances of survival exponentially.


#3 Change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months, and replace them every 10 years!

DO NOT get in the habit of borrowing batteries from your smoke detectors or disabling nuisance detectors, REPLACE THEM!


#4 Install Carbon Monoxide detectors on every floor of your home if you have fuel burning appliances! 
65% of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths from consumer products are due to heating systems. According to industry surveys, only half of the homes in America have CO detectors.


#5 Keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves, and residue to ensure proper venting.
RetroFit is anchored to the jack/king studs on either side of the window.  Most multiple window units do not have structural studs between them. The structural components of these windows are typically on either side of the combined unit. For that reason, it would not be ideal to install RetroFit on a multiple window unit.


#6 Do not use ovens or stoves to heat your home!


Kitchen ovens were never designed for heating homes, only for cooking food.


#7 Buy and learn how to properly use a Fire Extinguisher!

Be sure to stand at least five feet away from the fire, and follow the simple mnemonic “PASS” from the NFPA that can help when every second counts

  • P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
  • A – Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  • S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.


#8 Sleep with your door closed!

According to a recent survey by the Safety Science Organization UL, nearly 60% of people sleep with their bedroom doors open. Sleeping with your door closed could mean the difference between life and death if a house fire occurs. Not only does this reduce toxic smoke, but it can also inhibit the spread of flames and decrease the temperature.


#9 Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep

Keep candles away from items that can catch fire and are especially out of reach of children. Just a reminder, keep all matches and lighters stored in a place where children cannot get to them!


#10 When you’re having a campfire, be sure to follow the rules of safety!
Practice, Practice, Practice! Make sure your family is familiar with an agreed upon escape plan. Review the different ways to escape your house, and make sure everyone knows where to meet once they are out. Please look at Rescue Ready’s Safety Tips for more suggestions.


Bonus Tip!

The NFPA urges you to have two ways out of every room! If the doors are blocked, that means the windows are your only chance of survival! Be prepared with a Rescue Ready Fire Escape Ladder in each bedroom on the upper floors.