An on going problem for emergencies services is locating an address.  Valuable minutes can be lost if the address is not readily visible.  Have your address visible from both direction and located at the driveway entrance. If you live on a driveway or private road with more than one house and additional address sign should be located at the intersection of your driveway and the private road.   

4 Ways to Protect your Family

Install Smoke Detectors – Michigan has had 19 children under the age of 10 die in fires this year.  During that same period of time 15 adults over the age of 65 died in fires. A working smoke detector should be located in every bedroom or at least close enough to be heard in every bedroom. A working smoke detector should be located on every floor of your home. The key word is WORKING smoke detector, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detector each time you change your clocks, fall and spring. Don’t take the batteries out of the smoke detectors.  If it goes off every time you burn the toast, move it to an area where it will not be so quickly effected.

Establish an Escape Plan – Plan in advance the quickest route out of every room. Every room should have 2 routes of escape. Practice the plan frequently. Establish a meeting place outside the home and have every one go to that meeting place.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector – Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is deadly. It is generated by fuel burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, wood burning stoves, and fire places. A Carbon Monoxide Detector warns your family in time to leave the house before they are overcome.

Place Fire Extinguishers Throughout the Home – They can stop the small waste basket fire from becoming a large room full of fire. Before you attempt to use a fire extinguisher be sure you know how to operate it, the proper technique for fighting the fire, have everyone leave the house, have an unobstructed escape route, and have the proper type of fire extinguisher for the material burning.

The Fire Department has personnel available to visit your home to assist in developing an escape plan, advise on smoke and carbon monoxide detector location as well as the type and location of fire extinguishers.

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