NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Recent deadly fires highlight the need to make sure your family is prepared in the event of an emergency.
A family of six, including four children, were not able to escape a fire in their public housing apartment last week in Harlem. Also last week, a woman died in a fire inside her Upper East Side apartment.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
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Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, stopped by CBSN New York to discuss it with Dana Tyler. He’s an expert in fire safety.
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- Always have an emergency plan for people in your home or apartment
- Designate a meet-up place and rehearse it as a family.
- Once you are out, stay out. Do no go back to get your electronics, pets, etc.
- Rehearse your exit with your eyes closed so you know how to get out of the building if you can’t see because of smoke
- Test smoke alarms and CO detectors and change batteries seasonally, especially when people change the clocks twice a year
- Make sure that cords are charging the proper voltage of electronics: Read the labels and know if your appliance requires more voltage than the cord can carry
- Never use cheap extension cords and phone chargers
- Do not charge your phone on your bed, on clothes or other very flammable material as they are fuel for fire and can cause fire
- Do not use illegal space heaters
- Never use an oven to heat your home
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of fire
- Be aware of candle placement neat combustible materials like drapes and curatains
- Don’t forget to clean lint filters from dryers regularly