Multilingual Fire & Life Safety Information

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Home Fire Safety

  • Smoke Alarms
    • A device that detects smoke and sounds an alarm to escape.
    • Every home should have at least one smoke alarm on every level, near any sleeping areas, and preferably in each bedroom. 
    • Some smoke alarms have batteries that need to be changed. If the alarm "chirps" (short beep), replace the smoke alarm with a 10 year long life battery alarm. 
    • Test your smoke alarm every month to make sure the alarm is working. 
  • Home Escape Planning
    • Make a fire escape plan with your family. 
    • Know two ways out of every room (often a door and a window).
    • Choose an outside meeting spot to gather in the event of a fire. 
    • Practice your escape plan regularly. 
  • Cooking
    • Never leave cooking unattended.
    • Keep the stove and oven clean and use for cooking only.
    • If food cooking on the stove catches fire, turn off the burner and put a lid over the pan. Do not use water on the fire!
    • If food cooking in the oven catches fire, turn off the oven and leave the oven door closed. 
    • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • Heating
    • Keep items that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from portable heaters.
    • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the home or go to sleep. 
    • Never uses extension cords to power portable heaters. Extension cords are not rated for this use. 
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Some appliances and machines produce a poisonous gas which cannot be seen or smelled.
    • Never use the following inside homes, garages and other closed spaces, or outside of windows:
      • Portable generators
      • Charcoal grills
      • Camp stoves
      • Vehicles
      • Other gas engines
    • Never use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time. 
  • If you have a fire...
    • Get out and stay out.
    • Go to your family outside meeting place. 
    • Call 9-1-1 for the fire department. 
    • Never go back inside a burning house or building. 
  • When you call 9-1-1
    • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only. Use it for fire, medical help, or the police. It is free to call 9-1-1. 
    • If you don't speak English, try to tell the 9-1-1 dispatcher what language you speak for an interpreter. 
    • Be ready to describe what the emergency is and the location or address. 


The Louisville Division of Fire also keeps a library fire safety handouts in over 20 languages in order to reach residents in our International/ESL community and the number of languages available is always growing. If you are looking for fire safety information in a specific language not in our list, please let us know at [email protected]
























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