Fire safety tips

If you need help with any of the tips mentioned below or any safety concern, please contact the Chief or Deputy Chief. The Fire Department will be more than glad to help out. SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.

Visible house & mailbox number

Making sure your house and mailbox are visibly and clearly numbered can prevent delays in providing assistance at your home.

Fire extinguishers

Make sure you have at least one, if not several, fire extinguishers in your home. Be aware of how it works BEFORE an emergency occurs.

Smoke alarms

  • Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
  • Smoke detectors MUST be electronically hardwired in your home.
  • If someone in the home has a hearing disability, use alarms with flashing strobe lights and vibrations.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. Replace batteries twice a year. We recommend doing it with time change.
  • Test alarms at night to see if your child will wake up and respond to the alarm.
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years.

Escape planning

Plan and Practice several escape routes along with a safe place to meet outside.

  • Plan and practice two escape routes out of each room of the house. It is important to have an alternate route in case one is blocked by fire.
  • Fire drills should be practiced at least twice a year. 
  • Practice your escape route at night to see if your child awakens to the sound of the alarm.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go to your exit.
  • Share this plan and pratice with babysitter.
  • Be sure to have a meeting place.

Home hazards

Check the home for potential hazards.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Store flammable liquids such as gasoline outside of the home.
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • Keep space heaters 3 feet away from anything that can burn. NEVER plug into an extension cord.
  • Inspect electrical cords and replace loose or damaged cords.
  • Place covers over unused electrical outlets. 
  • Avoid plugging several appliance cords into same elecrical socket.
  • Have chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year.
  • Establish a "kid-free zone" around woodstoves, pelletstoves and fireplaces.