and Safety - Fire Safety
If you find yourself in an emergency situtation, there may
or may not be the same level of community services available as
there would be under normal circumstances.
In case you don't have the support of your fire department,
you might want to make sure that you are equiped to put out a
fire. With the increased use of fires for cooking, lighting and
heating, your chances of a fire just might be higher than they
normally would be.
Here are some things you can do to be more prepared:
- Prepare your home with working fire extinguishers.
- Make sure you have battery operated smoke detectors.
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- Have fire drills with your family.
- Make sure you have several 5 gallon buckets and that
they don't have cracks or leaks in them.
- Keep a shutoff wrench near your gas meter where it
enters the house. Know how to shut off the electricity. If
your main electrical panel is locked, make sure the
keys/combinations are made available to those who may need
to shut it off. Teach your kids.
- If you live in a rural environment and have fire
hydrants near your home, make sure you store a fire hose
and a wrench that will allow you to use that water during a
fire. Be sure to check on the legality of such actions
before you use it. Get trained. To see a Fire Hose, click
- Clean up all trash piles on your property and in
your attics and basement.
- Get a pair of "hot gloves". These can be worn to
withstand a hot fire and they can be very useful in
touching or moving hot things during a fire. To see a pair
of Hot Gloves, check the link below.