Home Departments Fire & EMS Public Education Fire Safety Fire Safety Tips to Prevent & Survive Home FiresSmoke DetectorsSmoke detector tips: Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, near bedrooms, in the garage, and away from air vents. Test the batteries monthly and replace them at least once each year. Portable HeatersPortable heater tips: Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture, and anything else that could get hot and catch fire away from portable heaters. Plug heaters directly into the wall socket and unplug them when they are not in use. Safe CookingSafe cooking practices: Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how and when to use it. Keep items away from the stove that could catch fire, such as towels, clothing, and curtains. ElectricityElectricity tips: Avoid overloading electrical outlets and running cords under carpets and furniture. Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children. SmokingSafe smoking habits: Keep matches and lighters away from children. Never smoke in bed. Fire Escape DrillsFire escape drill tips: Identify a place outside to meet in case of fire. Know how to call for emergency assistance. In Lebanon, call 9-1-1. Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room. Teach children not to hide from firefighters. Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice using it. Using Escape PlansEscape plan tips: Crawl low, under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If it is hot, use another exit. If it is not hot, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire. Meet at the designated meeting place outside. Then, call for help.