Fire Prevention / Safety Tips
Life Saving Tips
- Smoke Detectors: A smoke detector should be placed on each level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Smoke detectors should be placed at the highest ceiling level and at least 3 to 4 feet from any wall. Batteries should be changed every 6 months and detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
- Fire Extinguishers: Keep them in places that are most likely to have fires: kitchens, laundry rooms, mechanical rooms, etc. They may also be located near each exit. Remember that getting out of the house in the event of a fire is more important than extinguishing the fire alone.
- Exit Plans and Drills: All residents should plan and practice emergency escape drills. Always know two ways out.
- Closing Doors: Keeping doors closed can help prevent damage in the event of a fire. Sleeping with bedroom doors closed will give the occupants more time to escape should a fire occur.
- Combustible Storage: Never store combustibles within 3 feet of appliances such as furnaces, space heaters, and hot water heaters.
- Candle Safety: Use common sense with candles. Never leave burning candles unattended. Do not use candles near draperies or other combustibles.
- Tornado Safety: Plan and practice tornado safety drills. Seek shelter on the lowest level of your home in an interior room. Avoid windows and other types of glass that may get blown by the wind.
- Disaster Preparedness: Everyone who is able to care for themselves should be prepared to survive for 72 hours without assistance. Disaster planning and preparedness information can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.