Safety & Prevention

OPEN BURNING RULES

  • Fire must be attended at all times
  • Fire must be extinguished by dark or if cancelled
  • No household garbage, tires, plastics, wires, insulation, furniture, or clothing
  • No types of starting fuel
  • If neighbors complain about the smoke you will be asked to extinguish the fire
  • If the fire gets off your property you will be responsible for the damages
  • Do not burn any standing or partially standing structures
  • You cannot burn within 150 ft of a standing structure
  • Burn permit is good for today only

INSTALLING A SMOKE ALARM

Follow the manufacture's instructions
Install smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas, and on every level of the home. It is also recommended that smoke alarms are added to each bedroom for ultimate protection.
On the ceilings, mount the device at least 4 inches away from corners and walls, which have dead air space nearby.
On walls install the alarm high, because smoke rises.
Install smoke alarms at least three feet away from vents, doorways and windows, which might re-circulate the smoke.
Smoke alarms should not be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, garages or unheated areas because cooking vapors, moisture, and exhaust fumes could cause the unit to sound a false alarm.

MAINTAINING A SMOKE ALARM

Test your smoke alarms regularly by pressing the test button
Replace batteries as often as needed
Never borrow smoke alarm batteries for other uses
Dust and vacuum smoke alarms regularly to remove dust and cobwebs
Smoke alarms have a limited life span of 10 years. Alarms that are older than 10 years need to be replaced because the sensor wears out.

IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...

A smoke alarm provides an early warning system to allow you and your family extra time to get out of the house fast during a fire. In fact, smoke alarms can double your chances of escaping a house fire!

Be sure each family member knows what the alarm sounds like and what to do if the alarm goes off. This mean having an ESCAPE PLAN, with two possible escape routes from each bedroom and a prearranged meeting place outside. Practice your ESCAPE PLAN regularly.

INSTALLING A CO ALARM

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height

Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory

MAINTAINING A CO ALARM

Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to manufacturer’s instructions

If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department

IF THE CO ALARM SOUNDS….

Immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive

Do not warm a vehicle parked inside a garage, move the vehicle outdoors immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow

A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings

Gas and charcoal grills can produce CO – only use outside