Safety Tips

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Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives. Most people that perish in fires are first overcome by smoke and then pass out. 85% of all fire deaths occur in the home and the majority occur at night, when people are sleeping. Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that can save your life:

  • For smoke alarms with batteries, change batteries at least once per year or when the smoke alarm chirps to warn the battery is dying.

  • Change the batteries on a notable day to help you remember (Daylight Savings Time, a holiday, etc.).

  • Test units at least monthly. Test units using the test button or an approved smoke substitute.

  • Clean the units in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Do not use an open flame device to test the unit.

  • In older homes, at a minimum, smoke alarms should be placed outside each sleeping area and on each level of the house, including the basement.

  • In new homes, smoke alarms are required in all sleeping rooms, according to the National Fire Alarm Code.

  • Smoke alarms should be mounted according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years, sooner if testing reveals a failure.

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House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

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Kids & Cars

Every year, more than 2,400 children in the United States are victims of "back over" accidents. Many of these accidents are attributed to something called the "bye-bye" syndrome. A child wanting to say goodbye to a parent or visitor will sometimes run to the backing vehicle, not realizing the danger. SUVs are high on the list of vehicles involved in these accidents because of their limited rear-sight visibility. Fortunately, this type of accident is almost completely avoidable. Knowing where children are, backing very slowly, giving full attention to the backing maneuver, looking while backing, and even having a "spotter" when you can to help you back will minimize the risks.

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House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.

street-numbers

House Numbers

To ensure the fastest response time, please be sure that your house number is visible from the road. We recommend placing the numbers on your mailbox or a post near your driveway. Numbers should be at least three inches high and should have a contrasting color to the mailbox or post they are mounted on. Reflective numbers are best. If the mailboxes on your street are all on one side of the street, please also put your number on your house. Without this, it can take us precious seconds to determine which mailbox belongs to you. Next time you approach your house, especially at night, see if you can easily spot your number. Please keep in mind that we have likely never been to your house before and the only way we can help you is to see your number. This is critical us, the ambulance, and the police.