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Preparing Your Home

Home Safety

Make sure your house is as safe as possible by following these simple guidelines:

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries. Smoke detectors should be installed within 15 feet of the bedrooms.
  • Create an evacuation plan and designate an assembly area outside your home.
  • Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation.
  • Keep ABC type fire extinguishers. Make sure you know how and when to use them.
  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals securely and separately from each other.
  • Know how and when to switch off your Utilities (PDF).
  • Keep utility company emergency phone numbers in one place near the telephone.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and change
    batteries every 6 months. Install a carbon monoxide detector within forty
    (40) feet of all rooms used for sleeping. The carbon monoxide detector
    should be placed so it will be easily heard in all sleeping areas and should be
    installed according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have a set place for storing your Emergency Supply Kit (PDF) and Go Bag.
  • Non-Structural Mitigation (PDF)
  • Prepare a safe room in case you need to Sheltering in Place (PDF)

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