By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
The recent storms proved many were not fully prepared for when disaster strikes. Make sure you have an “all hazards” preparedness plan with supplies in place!
Help Spring your home into being safe and organized by following these steps:
Last week, you should have changed your clocks forward and change the smoke detector batteries. We do ask you to do this in the fall, however, you may check again. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. Firefighters recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year, so spring forward Sunday with fresh batteries all around.
How’s that home fire extinguisher? Has it gone past the expiration date? This is a good time to check your fire extinguisher.
Since you’ll have that stepladder out, double up on safety by checking for light bulbs and fixtures. Have you considered replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs? Rumor has it, replacing standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones saves money. If you are not able to safely use a step ladder, contact a family member, friend or perhaps contacting your local fire department and ask for assistance.
Next, check the first-aid kit. It’s a good time to check your first aid kit and replace or upgrade any missing supplies.
Finally, this is a good time to review your family emergency plan. If an emergency strikes, will your family know what to do? Review your family’s emergency plan or create one for the first time. Hold a meeting with family members to explain what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
How about your earthquake preparedness supplies? Make sure you have them and they are up to date. Have food, water and supplies for up to 72 hours.
Update phone numbers, addresses, and contact information, and post an emergency information page near the phone.
Your local fire department will be glad to help you with any of the above.