Escape Planning: Each home should have an escape plan which includes the following elements: know two ways out of each room; if a closed door is hot-do not open it; if smoke is present drop down low to the floor and crawl to safety; establish a safe meeting place outside for the whole family and call 9-1-1 from your safe meeting place or a neighbor’s house. Practice your plan often so everyone recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do. For examples, see below:
Maintenance: Test your smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. If you have standard 9 volt batteries (not 10-year batteries) a good rule is to replace your batteries twice a year when you change your clock in the spring and the fall. If your alarm “chirps” replace the battery immediately. If you have hard-wired alarms, battery back-up is required in case of a power failure. Vacuum or dust your smoke alarms according to manufacturer’s directions to keep them working properly. Replace your entire smoke alarm after 10 years.
Remember if you are renting your landlord is responsible for providing smoke alarms. For more information please contact 703-792-7736.
Child Safety Seats
Did you know that as many as 85% of child safety seats are defective or incorrectly installed? Is your family riding safe?
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Program: The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue can assist you in finding a CPR training. Learning CPR and using it in an emergency is a vital link in the 'Chain of Survival.' This is an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your community! The Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue can provide citizens interested in CPR and/or First Aid with contact information for an American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructor. Two different instruction formats are offered:
Learn CPR in your own home at no cost by checking out a 'Rescue Me' kit from your local library. All you need is a library card and access to a DVD player. The step-by-step video and practice manikin make learning easy and you can work at your own pace. Check out the 'Rescue Me' kits from Bull Run Library Central Library Chinn Park Library or Potomac Library. 'Rescue Me' kits are also available in Spanish.