There is “Burn Ban” until further notice. Please see the following website for Burn Ban Regulations:
Help Us Find You
Purchasing 911 House number signs for your home or business will ensure that first responders (Fire Department, Ambulance, or Police) find your location as soon as possible. Placing the reflective signs at the end of your driveway will ensure that responders find your home on the first pass. Fire Fighters could lose precious time even if we just pass your driveway and have to turn around. Catching a fire as early as possible could make a tremendous difference in the end result. Every second counts. These signs are very inexpensive and 100% necessary in a rural area.
Safeguard Against Fires
Monthly reviews of your home or business is your best defense against the start of a fire. Applying common sense rules and scheduled inspections of potential risks is the best measure of defense against a fire. So many house fires are started unexpectedly by wood stove chimneys that have not been properly maintained or installed. If you have a wood stove, review the following safety checklist to avoid a catastrophe:
- Make sure the stove is installed at least 36 inches away from the wall and that the wall has proper shielding.
- Keep wood and all combustible items away from the stove and chimney.
- Ensure that the stove sits on and is surrounded by fire proof material so that fallen embers do not start a fire.
- Clean the chimney regularly (At least every year before the start of the burning season and one time mid way through the season). If smoke enters the house when you open the stove door, this is a sure sign that your chimney should be cleaned as soon as possible to avoid risk of a fire.
- Use a Creosote Conditioner at least once a week during the burning season.
Plan an Escape
Make sure all family members know what to do in event of a fire. Even single story homes require an escape route that needs to be discussed and understood by all family members. For instance, it may be necessary to avoid walking past a furnace or kitchen fire. Try to anticipate how fires in different parts of the house should be handled and which appropriate escape plan should be executed for a given situation.
Install Fire Extinguishers
Once you review your house or business for potential risks, the location of necessary fire extinguishers will become extremely obvious. Most people do not realize how inexpensive fire extinguishers have become in the last few years. There is literally no excuse not to have the proper fire extinguisher installed in your kitchen, in the room with a wood stove and your garage. Home Depot and Walmart are great places to purchase fire extinguishers.
Smoke alarms should be installed in each bedroom, hallways leading to bedrooms, the kitchen, garage, and literally everywhere a fire could potentially start. When purchasing for new or replacing detectors, try to create a mix of sensor alarms. Carbon monoxide detectors should also be installed in your home or place of business.
Use “DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME” as a known scheduled time to CHANGE THE BATTERIES in your smoke alarms and push the test button on the detector once a month.