Fire Prevention & Safety
Working together can save time, property, and most importantly, lives.
How To Help Your Fire Department Help You
- Don't park in fire lanes or in front of fire hydrants.
- Be sure the numbers on you house or building are at least 3 inches high and are clearly visible from the street (required by Golden Valley City Code).
- Shovel the snow around any hydrant near your house so that firefighters have ready access.
- Install smoke alarms on every level in your home and in every bedroom. Change the battery twice a year and replace the smoke alarm every 10 years.
- Keep flashlights in bedrooms and in the kitchen, basement, and family room, all with fresh batteries, so you can signal firefighters if you are trapped.
Keeping Your Home Safe
- Don't smoke in bed.
- Don't let children play with matches or lighters.
- Don't use extension cords or overload circuits. Use power strips with surge protectors instead.
- Don't replace faulty home electrical wiring unless you are qualified. Hire professionals.
- Don't store flammable liquids in your home. If you must store them, store them outside in an approved container.
- Don't clutter your home with combustible materials, especially around your hot water heater and furnace.
- Buy and install smoke detectors. They can alert you to a fire in time for you to escape.
- Place smoke detectors in central locations on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and in the hall outside your bedrooms.
- Don't place a smoke detector too close to the kitchen. Cooking can trigger a false alarm.
- Change batteries in your detectors when you change your clocks in spring and fall.
- Keep your detectors free of dust and cobwebs.
- Do not paint your smoke detector (it renders it useless).
- Vacuum your smoke alarms once a month, keeping clear of dust and cobwebs, to ensure its sensitivity.
- Provide fire extinguishers on every level of your home and in the garage. Buy an ABC type extinguisher and know how to use it.
- It is important to remember that fire extinguishers are for small fires. They are not an alternative to calling the Fire Department.
- Always have the lid out to cover the pan if a fire should start.
- Keep your exhaust system for your stove free from grease build-up.
- Always use a fire screen.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year for cracks, crumbling bricks, and any obstructions.
Plan and Practice your Escape
- Create at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family. Be sure your children understand that a smoke alarm signals a home fire and that they recognize it as an alarm.