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.