Home Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Most fire related incidents that occur in the home and nearly all home fires are preventable in one way or another. Each of us can share the responsibility of keeping fires from starting in our homes and keeping our families fire safe.

  1. Home Fall Safety
  2. Smoke  & CO Alarms
  3. Portable Fire Extinguishers
  4. Electrical Safety
  5. Disaster & Emergency Preparedness

As the air turns cooler and leaves drop from the trees, it's important to keep a few important fall safety tips in mind. With proper precautions and safety awareness, your family can enjoy that crisp autumn weather while avoiding some of the dangers that come with the season.

How can I protect my family?

Home Safety

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed.
  • Have your heating system professionally inspected, cleaned, and serviced.
  • Before using space heaters, inspect them for damage, including the power cord, and know how to operate them safely.

Cooking Safety

  • Don't allow yourself to be distracted when you are cooking.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
  • Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can thus spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt!), or use a fire extinguisher if it's getting out of hand.

Turkey Fryer Safety

  • First read the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Place the turkey fryer on a level surface, in an open area away from homes, fences, sheds, and other structures that are combustible.
  • Never place the fryer on a wooden deck or porch or in a garage or carport.
  • Leave at least 2 feet between the fryer and the propane tank.
  • Keep the fryer in full view at all times.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Completely thaw and dry the turkey before frying. Adding a partially frozen or wet turkey to the pot makes the oil splatter a lot, causing a fire or explosion hazard.
  • Cover bare skin before adding or removing food from the fryer.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to avoid splattering or spilling oil.
  • Use the right amount of oil.
  • If the fryer catches fire, call 911 right away. Do not try to put it out with water.