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Fires are preventable! Here are a few important steps that you can take to help you, help us prevent fires from starting:

  • Install a smoke detector on every level of your home and in the garage. Check your smoke detector monthly and change batteries as needed or at least once a year. If a fire does start early warning is essential for your life safety. The earlier the fire department is contacted, the smaller the fire when we arrive.
  • Make sure electrical circuits are not overloaded.
  • Have all unconventional heating units, such as wood stoves and space heaters, checked by an expect.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach and away from children.
  • Never, ever, smoke in bed or in overstuffed upholstered chairs.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting or easily ignitable garments when cooking.

No Home is Fire Proof! Be prepared if a fire does occur! Here are a few basic thing you should do to prepare for a fire.

  • Determine at least two ways of escape from every room in your home.
  • Purchase an approved chain ladder to use to climb from rooms above the first floor.
  • Select a location where everyone should meet after escaping from the house.
  • Know how to summon emergency assistance.


If a fire occurs:

  • Crawl low under smoke to escape. This should be practiced beforehand to prepare you for an actual fire.
  • Feel closed doors before you open them. A hot door probably means there is a fire on the other side.
  • If you clothes catch fire stop moving, drop to the floor, and roll around to smother the flames.
  • Get everyone out quickly and phone for emergency assistance.
  • Know your address and accurate location when you call for assistance.
  • NEVER reenter the house that is on fire once you have escaped!
The message taken in part from Home Fire Safety - Act on it! Published by the US Fire Administration.


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