With all the hot weather in the county over the past few years I thought this would be a good topic to cover. These tips are specific to all of us no matter what kind of home we live in.
- Consider the type of roof material you use.
- Skylights in the roof will help the fire escape if it starts in the house.
- Frost free water spigots around the home so that you have a good water supply should you need it.
- Keep vegetation at least 100 yards from the house to create a fire break
- Trim tree and remove dead ones, this is good forest management. Check with your local fire department to see if they offer a management program.
- If you store logs for your fireplace keep the wood at a good distance from the house, for example do not stack on the side of the house or under the deck.
- Make sure everyone knows the way out should a fire occur indoors and have a meeting place determined so that you can do a ‘head count’ to make sure everyone is out safely.
- If you have a second floor have a fore ladder handy by an exit window should you need to leave that way. These are readily available at most local stores and come boxed.
- Have an emergency kit ready to go with all the essentials in case you are displaced for any length of time.
- Change of clothing/Toiletries/Towels/Medication/First aid kit/flashlight and a spare pair of shoes!
- If you have pets, leave their crates handy so that you can safely cage them if you have a little notice of evacuation.
- Have a box ready to take important paperwork and precious photographs.
- Lastly, make sure you change the batteries in your fire alarms regularly, A good time to do this is in the Fall when you change to daylight savings.
You may say that this is all common sense but it never hurts to be reminded sometimes.