Tips for Disaster Situations
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms -change the batteries twice a year.
- Plan and practice home escape routes and alternative routes - practice twice a year.
- Get escape ladders for sleeping areas on upper levels.
- Use quick release devices on barred windows and doors.
- Select a safe outside meeting place.
- Make sure your house number is easily readable from the street, even at night.
- Be sure that everyone in the house knows to get out first and then call for help.
- If you cannot get out of the house, stay in a room with the door closed and a window open for ventilation and signal to firefighters.
- Conduct a fire hazard hunt around your home - look for exposed wires, overloaded outlets and extension cords, wires under rugs or attached by nails and combustibles near heat sources.
- Make sure all heating sources are in clean, working order and have been certified.
- Have chimneys and wood stoves inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.
- Keep an A-B-C type fire extinguisher in the kitchen.