Home Fire Safety
- When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
- Never leave candles or other open flames burning unattended.
- Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.
- Don’t leave hot irons, or burning stovetops and outdoor grills unattended while in use. Double check that you’ve turned them off after use. Having added protection like carbon monoxide detectors or smoke and heat sensors can also help you protect your home and loved ones from fire.
- Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation in your yard or areas near your home. Call our fire department or sheriff’s department before any outside burning. Always follow burn ban instructions.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization and photoelectric type smoke alarms. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work and replace batteries once a year.
- Don’t have deadbolts that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside. Also don’t nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.
- Make a fire escape plan for your family. If possible, find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice a year. Make sure the entire family is aware of your fire escape plan.
- Be sure your street address is visibly posted so that the firefighters can identify your home in the event of an emergency.