There are many different things that
can be done on an individual basis to make your home and environment a safer
place for everyone. The best emergency incident is the one that never
happened. The following information is made available for people to take a
proactive approach to life safety.
HOUSE NUMBERS Post House Numbers on your house
and if your house isn't visible from the street, post the numbers at the street
SMOKE DETECTORS Test Smoke Detectors monthly and
change the batteries at least twice a year, each time you change your clock,
change your batteries.
HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN Create and Practice a home
fire escape plan. Especially if you have children, develop a plan, practice it
with them and have a special meeting place in the front of the house.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS Install Carbon
Monoxide (CO) Detectors in your home.
FIRE HYDRANTS Adopt a Fire Hydrant. If a fire
hydrant is on or near your property, make sure we can find it. In the winter,
shovel around the hydrant so we can find it and use it quicker if we need to.
ELECTRICAL Look for electrical hazards. Don't
overload outlets and don't use extension cords for high draw appliances like
refrigerators or air conditioners. Never run electrical cords under carpets.
STORAGE AROUND EQUIPMENT Space Heaters,
furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters need space. Keep objects at least three
feet away from these appliances. These appliances need air to work and putting
articles too close creates a fire hazard.
HEATING EQUIPMENT Have your heating equipment
serviced annually. Servicing heating equipment annually can prevent
malfunctioning of the equipment, prolong the life of the equipment and make the
equipment run more efficiently, saving energy on heating costs.
FIREPLACES AND WOODSTOVES If you have a fireplace
or woodstove, have the chimney or flue pipe cleaned and inspected annually by a
professional. Built up creosote can cause chimney fires and cracks in chimneys
or linings can make a chimney fire extend to the house and start a house fire.
CANDLES Use candles responsibly. Never leave a
candle unattended and don't place candles near combustibles such as paper or
drapes. Always extinguish candles before you leave.
11. SMOKING If you smoke, do it responsibly. Never smoke in
bed or while sleepy sitting on overstuffed furniture. Make sure to extinguish
all smoking materials when you are done.
MATCHES AND LIGHTERS Keep matches and lighters in
a safe place. Curious kids may want to play with matches and lighters. Keep
them out of reach and out of sight.