National Preparedness Month – Week 2

Graphic shows an image of a beige color home with trees surrounding it and a red car in the driveway. Surrounding the image of the home is arrows pointed at different areas giving tips on how to keep each part of the home secure.

  1. Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home.
  • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
  • Protect your family by installing a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year to prevent home fires.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from your furnace, water heater, and other heat-generating equipment.
  1. Do you know how to turn off the gas in your home? Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in case you ever have a gas emergency in your home.
  2. Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, batteries, flashlight & meds for all family members to last for at least 72 hours: ready.gov/kit.
  3. Know basic First Aid, CPR and Fire Safety skills. Practice how to “Drop down onto your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy covering until the shaking stops. Learn actions to save a life: https://community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives.