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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week.

**Smoke Detectors**

They make a difference!

Your life and property are worth more than the time and cost of smoke detector maintenance. We urge all homeowners to keep and maintain smoke detectors!  Smoke alarms have to have batteries to work.  Change the batteries every six months and perform a monthly alarm check .

Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.

Hurricane Season is here: Make sure you are prepared

 Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30

  Have a plan for how heavy rains and winds will affect your home and property. Have a single point of contact, (someone out of the storm area) whom all the family members know to contact.  Have the disaster supply kit assembled and in an available location.

A typical disaster kit should include ( but not limited to) non-perishable food, manual can opener, bottled water, blankets and pillows, copies of important documents, flashlights with extra batteries, moisture wipes, bug spray and toiletries.

Keeping a first aid kit with medicines, doctors names and phone numbers, phone numbers to pharmacies, and health care information.  Wound care and basic pain relievers are also good items to have in the first aid kit.

Make sure your pets are up to date on shots and have proper identification on them. Have a cage, lease, food and water for them.

If You Have An EMERGENCY DIAL 911

Local numbers:

  • Governors Office Homeland Security  and Emergency Preparedness- GOHSEP: 925- 7500
  • EBR Public Works -311

If You Have An EMERGENCY DIAL 911

Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.

  Fire Safety for Older Adults

We tend to think that fire safety is just something we need to teach to kids, that is extremely important, but also we need to reach out to older adults.  People are living longer and people age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. Call us if you would like  set up an escape plan.    Below are some  precautionary steps to help older adults:

    • Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke in bed.
    • Never leave cooking unattended, use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
    • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home.
    • Know at least two exits from every room
    • Check that all doors and windows that lead outside have a clear path to get to them and that they open easily.
    • Let a close neighbor or relative know if you have special needs that may be important information for the fire department to know.
    • Special fire safety devices are available for people with special needs, such as: smoke alarms with flashing light or some that connect to a strobe light outside of house to let other see.

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