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Test Your Fire Safety Savvy
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October 20, 2010

Forget reading, writing and arithmetic (for the moment!). Knowing about fire safety and prevention is real lifesaving information, so take this short quiz to test your knowledge.

1. Where should you install smoke alarms?

a. On every level of your home
b. Inside bedrooms
c. Outside sleeping areas
d. All of the above

2. How far away should flammable items—such as curtains or blankets—be kept from a space heater?

a. 3 feet
b. 20 feet
c. 6 feet

3. How often should you test your smoke alarm?

a. Once a year
b. Once a month
c. They’re so technologically advanced, you don’t have to test them.

4. If your clothes catch on fire, you should...

a. Stop, drop and roll
b. Run
c. Take the clothing off

5. How often should you replace your smoke alarm (not just the batteries)?

a. Every year
b. Every five years
c. Every 10 years

6. What is the primary cause of residential fires?

a. Electrical problems
b. Cooking
c. Playing with matches

How many did you get right?

0-2: Don’t worry, we won’t tell. The good news is that we can give you loads of fire safety information, and you’ll be an expert before you know it.

3-5: You’re on your way...Go to Redcross.org and study up for next time!

All 6: If we were there, we’d give you a pat on the back. Visit our website to quench your thirst for other safety information.  

Answers: 1. d; 2. a.; 3. b.; 4. a.; 5. c.; 6. b


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