Fire safety 101 for homeowners and renters.
1. Before you move into you home, be it a condo, apartment, mobile home, duplex or free standing single family home, ensure the smoke alarms are functioning. All you have to do is press the 'push to test' button to ensure your alarms work. If it does not function replace the battery and try again. If this doesn't work replace the alarm. If you need assistance contact North Charleston Fire Department headquarters for help 740-2616. We offer a free smoke alarm installation program called Get Alarmed. We will install alarms outside each sleeping area and one on each level of your home to help you become fire safe. Remember that your nose doesn't work when you are asleep. The alarm may be your family's only warning in the event of a fire. Even if you have your own alarms firefighters will help you install them in the optimal locations in your home. This is the first step in fire safety.
2. Download and fill out the Home Fire Safety Checklist to ensure you have arranged your home in a fire safe fashion.
3. Hold a fire drill in your home. Even if your home has only adults E.D.I.T.H. is for you. Fires are dark, hot and can be confusing. Plan how you will get out and where you will meet the rest of the occupants in your home. Your home can become unsurvivable in as little as a minute after the smoke alarm sounds.
It can take as little as five minutes to lose the entire building
For more information fire safety planning go to Install.Inspect. Protect.
While studying your fire safety consider your family's plans for natural disaster and large scale unplanned events. Are your ready for all hazards faced in the North Charleston area?
All Hazards planning begins at home Here is a messge from Ready Lowcountry.org
Ready Lowcountry is a tri- county effort to localize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Ready Campaign.
Ready Lowcountry will help individuals, families, businesses and children in the community prepare for all types of emergencies and to take care of themselves in the event of a disaster by encouraging everyone to just take these steps:
1. Get a kit of emergency supplies
2. Make a plan of what you will do
3. Be informed about what might happen
4. Get involved in preparing your community
Having a plan and the tools in place to make it on your own for a period of time can be crucial!
Visit low country CERT Upcoming Events to learn more.
Tom Crosby, Chairman
For more information on becoming involved in your neighborhood's disaster plan go to lcert.org