Install smoke detectors, check them once a month, and change the batteries at least twice a year.
Make sure all family members know what to do in a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least two ways of escaping every room and practice twice a year. Choose a safe meeting place outside the house. Call 911 from outside the house immediately.
Learn to stop, drop, and roll if clothes catch fire. Use the stairs instead of elevators to escape. If possible, cover your mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling smoke and gases. Close doors in each room after escaping to delay the spread of the fire.
Install an address marker for visibility to emergency responders on the roadside or streetside of your property. The marker should be made of reflective material or marked by reflective paint. Your address should be marked in letters at least four inches in height using a stroke width of at least three fourths of an inch.
Make sure that fire apparatus can access your property in case of an emergency. Maintain roadway access and driveway access by keeping the areas free of overhanging branches and limbs. Fire trucks need a path at least 15 feet wide by 15 feet high in order to travel up roads or driveways onto your property.
For more information, contact the Fire Department at 830-249-3644.