5 Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking: A Deadly Combination
6 What Can You Do To Protect Yourself and Your Family?
7 1. Install Smoke AlarmsFor maximum protection, smoke alarms should be installed in every room and on every level of your home, but at least between living and sleeping areas and on every levelMake sure alarms are workingTest alarms monthly
8 2. Develop and Practice E.D.I.T.H (Exit Drills in the Home)
9 Your Exit Plan Should Include: Two ways out of each roomA meeting place outside – make sure everyone knows where to go when they leave the house and that once they are out, NEVER go back inside…GET OUT! STAY OUT!Identify method of contacting your fire department from outside your home
10 3. Practice Kitchen Safety Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in South Carolina and oftentimes, alcohol or other drugs are involved in the incident
11 Alcohol and Other Drugs add to the fire problem by: Diminishing motor coordination and balanceImpairing perceptionImpairing judgment
12 Safety Tips for the Kitchen Cooking should not be left unattendedTight fitting clothes should be worn to avoid catching sleeves or other clothing on fireSmother food or grease fires by sliding a lid over the pan and turning the unit off
13 Kitchen Safety Tips:Turn pot handles to the inside so they can’t be knocked over or pulled offIf something inside your oven or microwave catches fire, leave the door shut and turn off the powerAlways check oven and stove to make sure units are off before going to bed
14 Careless smoking, in combination with alcohol and other drugs increases chances of fire fatalities
15 Prevent Careless Smoking: Limit smoking while drinkingNever smoke in bedIf you allow smoking in your home, provide deep-dish ashtrays with a solid baseDouse cigarettes or ashtrays with water before disposing of them in the trash
16 In Review… Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms Prepare and Practice E.D.I.T.HBe Aware of Cooking/Kitchen HazardsCareless Smoking Kills
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