Emergency Family Preparedness - Preparing for Emergencies at Home

INSTALL AT LEAST 1 CO DETECTOR IN YOUR HOME
CO (Carbon Monoxide) is a deadly, odorless, colorless gas that can cause death if it builds up.

  • CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas.
  • CO alarms should not be installed in attics or basements unless they include a sleeping area.
  • CO alarms may be installed into a plug-in receptacle or high on the wall.
  • CO alarms should have a battery backup. Have gas appliances and furnaces checked to make sure they don’t release extra CO.

FIND AND FIX HAZARDS

  • Make sure stairways, hallways and pathways are well lit and free of clutter.
  • Secure any water heaters or oxygen tanks to wall studs. Other large items such as bookcases should also be secured to the wall.
  • Hang pictures, mirrors, and plants away from beds and seating areas.
  • Secure carpets and remove throw rugs.
  • Keep floors clear of all electrical cords.
  • Test for radon.
  • Make sure the clothes dryer vents outside.
  • Use safe work practices when painting, remodeling, or renovating a home built before 1978. If your home was built before 1978, test for lead paint.

INSTALL AND TEST SMOKE ALARMS PROPERLY

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test alarms monthly. Replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace alarms every 10 years.
  • If you have trouble hearing, install alarms that flash lights.

KEEP AT LEAST 1 FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY

  • Select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately and call 911

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