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Before a Fire
Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Make sure your home is sided and landscaped to resist fire. Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc.
Clean roof and gutters of dry debris regularly.
Keep chimneys and stovepipes clean and in perfect working order. (Contact your local fire department for specifications.)
Screen exterior openings to floors, roof and attic.
Install a dual-sensor smoke alarm on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries at least once each year.
Teach family members location and use of fire extinguishers.
Keep handy household items that can be used as fire tools: a rake, axe, handsaw or chain saw, bucket and shovel.
Keep a ladder that will reach the roof.
Consider installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes.
Identify outside water sources: small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool, or hydrant.
Have a garden hose long enough to reach each area of the home and outbuildings on the property.
Install freeze-proof exterior outlets on at least two sides of the home and near other outbuildings and additional outlets at least 50 feet from the home.
Consider portable gasoline powered pump or generator in case electrical power is lost.
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