FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Keep your family safe by reviewing information on fire, CO and other emergency situations. Be sure to visit our pages on smoke alarms and our partnership with the "Fire is Everyone's Fight" campaign.
FIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
CO ALARM SAFETY
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion and can come from household appliances such as gas furnaces, gas stoves and ovens and gas water heaters. If these appliances malfunction or are not adequately ventilated, the amount of CO in the air may rise to unsafe levels. CO can also come from running vehicles, blocked chimney flues, fuel-burning cooking appliances and some portable heaters. If your garage is attached to your house, never leave your vehicle running while parked in the garage. To keep you family safe from CO, be sure to follow the below guidelines:
Install a CO detector in your home and be sure to change the batteries when you change your clocks twice a year
Test your CO alarm to ensure everyone in the house knows how it sounds
If your CO alarm "chips" after replacing the battery, used compressed air to remove any dust particles from the device, which can lead to false alarms
Replace CO alarms every 6-8 years (check the date on the back of the detector)
IS YOUR HOUSE NUMBER VISIBLE?
Is your house number clearly visible from the street? Having your house number clearly posted to your home and/or mailbox is one of the easiest things you can do to assist all emergency responders should you need our help. House numbers should be posted near the front door, not occluded by decor or shrubbery and ideally should be illuminated or made from materials that are reflective.
HOME DISASTER PREPARATION
Having a home disaster plan and preparation kit is one of the most important actions you can take to keep your family safe during a disaster such as a tornado, flood or earthquake. Creating a plan and building a basic kit includes considering the specific needs of your family (including your pets). The Red Cross and Ready.gov provide great resources for building supply kits, communication plans and learning about the risk our area faces.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Please check out these additional web resources for how you and your family can prepare for emergencies.