INSTALL AND MAINTAIN SMOKE ALARMS
Smoke alarms warn you of a fire in time to let you escape. Install them on
each level of your home and outside of each sleeping area. Follow the
manufacturer’s directions and test them regularly. Replace the batteries at
least once a year or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is
weak. Never borrow the smoke alarm's battery for other uses. There are different
smoke alarms for use in different locations. Photoelectric smoke alarms use
PLAN AND PRACTICE TO ESCAPE
the Clearcreek Fire District would like to invite you to make sure your family
is prepared by participating in the “Great American Fire Drill!” In cooperation
with the National Fire Protection Association, the Clearcreek Fire District is
asking the citizens of Springboro and Clearcreek Township to practice their home
First, review your fire escape plan and make sure that everyone in the family is
aware of it. If you don’t have a plan, don’t put it off another day! Plan at
least two ways out of your home, in case one is blocked by fire or smoke. You
will also need to agree on a meeting place, where your family can gather once
they have escaped the fire. Be sure to choose a meeting place that is stationary
Practicing your escape plan can be lots of fun, but don’t forget that this is
serious business! Fire can grow and spread through your home very quickly. When
the smoke alarm sounds, you need to act right away and know exactly what to do
and that takes planning and practice! Crawl low under the smoke, and make your
exit as quickly and safely as possible. Once outside, go to your meeting place
and make sure that no one goes back inside the home – for ANY reason! Contact
the fire department by calling 911 from a neighbor’s home or cellular phone.
To learn more about home escape plans, and for fun activities for kids, be sure
to visit the National Fire Protection Association at
CRAWL LOW UNDER SMOKE
If you encounter smoke using your primary exit, use your alternate route
instead. If you must exit through smoke, the cleanest air will be several inches
off the floor. Get down on your hands and knees, and crawl to the nearest safe
STOP , DROP, AND ROLL
Everyone should know this rule: if your clothes catch fire, don’t run! Stop
where you are, drop to the ground, and roll over and over to smother the flames.
Cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs.
USE CAUTION WHILE SMOKING
Carelessly discarded cigarettes cause tens of thousands of home fires every
year. Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy. Provide large, deep ash
trays for smokers and put water on butts before discarding them.
BE CAREFUL COOKING
Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles, and don’t leave cooking unattended.
Keep your pot handles turned inward so children won’t knock or pull them over
the edge of the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the
pan to smother the flames, then turn off the burner.
USE ELECTRICITY SAFELY
If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, and have
it repaired. Check all of your electrical cords and replace any that are cracked
or frayed. If you use extension cords, don’t overload them or run them under
rugs. Remember that circuit breakers and fuses protect you from fire: don’t
tamper with the fuse box or use fuses of an improper size.
A MATCH IS A TOOL…… FOR ADULTS
In the hands of a child, matches or lighters are extremely dangerous. Store them
up high where kids can’t reach them, preferably in a locked cabinet. And teach
your children from the start that matches and lighters are tools for adults, not
toys for kids. If children find matches, they should tell an adult immediately.
SPACE HEATERS NEED SPACE
Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from paper, curtains, furniture,
clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when
you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from them.
COOL A BURN
If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound in cool water for 10 to 15
minutes to ease the pain. Do not use butter on a burn, as this could prolong the
heat and further damage the skin. If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor
By planning ahead, you can do a lot to prevent a fire. But once a fire starts in
your home, there are only two things to do: first get out, the call the fire
department from a neighbors home. Don’t go back into the building no matter
what. If you think someone is trapped inside, tell the fire fighters when they
If you would like any additional information or have any
questions please contact the Clearcreek Fire District!
Fire and Life Safety Services
Clearcreek Fire District
925 South Main Street
Voice: (937) 748-2766
Fax: (937) 748-2566