Are you prepared for a fire in your home?
Follow these recommendations to improve your own and your family’s safety:
- Post reflective street address numbers where emergency responders can see them. Not only does this make it easier for us to find your home, but it also helps us find your neighbors' homes as well. Street address signs and reflective number stickers are available at the Eastsound station and Island Hardware for a small fee.
- Make sure everyone in your household, including young children, knows your address and how to call 911 for help.
- Place fire extinguishers in easily accessible locations on every floor. Check the gauge to make sure the extinguisher is properly charged, and have them maintained once a year.
- Test smoke detectors once a month, and change batteries once a year. Exchange old 9-volt smoke alarm batteries for new ones at the Eastsound fire station.
- Practice a family emergency home exit plan. Choose a safe outdoor meeting place and make sure everyone knows the location. Then, just like we do in school, have a fire drill to practice.
Related topic in our Services section: Smoke Alarm Program.
Firewise - Residents Reducing Wildfire Risks
NFPA's Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.
For a brief overview of what you can do to help prepare you home for wildfire, please read this document from Firewise.