Staying Safe

Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm Installation

Early detection of a fire may reduce property loss and reduce the risk of injury or death.  Early warning also reduced the risk of injury to the firefighters who respond to your call.

Enter the Smoke Alarm Assistance Program

Fire safety check list

Nearly 3000 Americans each year die in fires. How safe is your home from fire? To determine the safety of your home study this questionnaire with your family. Every “yes” shows a fire safety plus, every “no” a fire safety risk.

Exit Drills In The Home (EDITH)

To escape a house on fire; first maintain working smoke detectors in your home, and second; have a plan in which to escape your home in case of fire. EDITH is very important along with having working smoke detectors. Once a smoke detector goes off in your home, members of your household along with yourself should react, by using your preplanned escape route to exit safely from a fire. Use the following steps to develop your escape plan.

  1. Plan your escape.
  2. Draw a simple floor plan of your home, showing two ways out of each room. 
  3. Ensure all household members understand the escape routes from the plan. 
  4. Make sure routes are clear, and that the doors and windows on the route can be opened properly.
  5. Crawl while using your escape route, it is safer because heat and smoke rise in a fire
  6. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with your household members and test your smoke detectors monthly while checking the batteries twice a year (A tip to remember is: change your clock, change your batteries).
  7. Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone can meet after exiting the home. (This will allow for a head count and allow the arriving fire fighters to gain information about possible missing members, and the fire inside.)

Remember; People who live in an apartment building should use the stairways and NOT the elevator to escape to the outside. Some high-rise buildings may use a "defend in place" plan dependant on the fire location. Know your escape plan before a fire happens. Additional information on EDITH, with blank floor plan grids may be found at:

http://www.nfpa.org/Education/fpwhome/fpwhome.asp
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/kidsroom/firesafe/lessons.html
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/ep.htm

Additional Resources

Veterans Day

Join us for our annual Veterans Day tribute on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Park Circle. One of two Department of Defense recognized events in the State of South Carolina.

           

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