Fire Safety in the Home
The NIH Fire Marshal would like to share a few tips on fire safety in the home. Annually from 2017 to 2019 an estimated 11,650 civilian fire injuries resulted from 7,200 residential building fires.
- Fire is Dark – Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
- Fire is Deadly – Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than direct flame contact.
- Fire is Fast – There is little time to escape. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill your home.
- Fire is Hot – Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures can rise to over 1000 degrees at eye level.
For more information: https://youtu.be/yvRcPb0bIdo. (Anyone unable to view the photo may contact the NIH Fire Marshal for a verbal explanation.)
- Install smoke alarms on each level of your home and in each bedroom.
- Test smoke alarms each month by pushing the test button until alarm sounds.
- Maryland residents must replace all battery-powered smoke alarms over 10 years old with a 10-year battery life smoke alarm.
For more information: https://youtu.be/aYsqP-CAaCA. (Anyone unable to view the video may contact the NIH Fire Marshal for a verbal explanation.)
Fire Escape Plan
- A family fire escape plan is critical to know what to do in the event of a fire in your home.
- Know two ways out of every room and two ways out of your home.
- Have a meeting place outside of your home.
- Dial 911 from outside of your home to report a fire.
- Practice your escape plan twice a year.
For more information: https://youtu.be/Vc-AkbpdSYk. (Anyone unable to view this video may contact the NIH Fire Marshal for a verbal explanation.)
If you have any questions regarding fire safety in the home or general fire safety precautions, please contact the NIH Fire Marshal at 301-496-0487. Use their hazard reporting tool for situations on the Bethesda campus: https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/dfm/Pages/Community-Complaint-Report.aspx. You may remain anonymous when reporting a hazard, but it always helps to have a contact so they can obtain information as needed.