Fires can originate from many causes. Being prepared for a fire and knowing what to do if one does occur can help prevent the loss of life and property.
Inside the Home
- Install smoke detectors. Test and change batteries biannually.
- Install a home sprinkler system.
- Repair and replace unsafe appliances and wiring.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near your stove (5 lb. ABC type). Train the member of your household on how to use this equipment.
- Remove toxic and flammable materials from your home or yard ... When using, ventilate and keep clear of heat sources and fire, and... when storing, use tightly closed, unbreakable, fire-safe containers. Label property. Keep away from heat, direct sunlight and small children.
- Keep drapes or other combustibles at least three feet away from any heat source.
Outside the Home:
- Create a "defensible space" at least 30 feet (10 meters) by removing brush around the house. Keep flammable materials 30 feet away. Prune branches away from the roof and clean and maintain your gutters regularly.
- Build your roof or re-roof with fire resistant materials.
- Mark water sources or hydrants and maintain easy firefighter access.
- Make decks fire resistant.
- Plant fire resistant plants.
- Open burn only when and where permitted.
- Request branches cleared from powerlines.
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