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Health 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. Click here for more on Smoke Detectors.
  • 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 this link.

  • 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.

Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center, Inc.

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