Life, Property Time Saving Tips
1) Dial 911
Dial 911 when you have any emergency.
If your house if on fire, always exit the house first, then use a
neighbor's phone or a cell phone to call.
Be prepared to give the 911 Operator the following information:
- The nature of the emergency
- Exact location of the emergency
- Phone Number you are calling from
- Your Name
- Stay on the line and answer
- Do not hang up until after the
operator hangs up first
Smoke Detectors Save Lives
A smoke detector provides early warning of a fire in your home or
Place smoke detectors in all rooms. The more you have, the earlier you
Replace batteries twice per year. Each time you change your clocks,
change your detector batteries.
3) Exit Drills
In The Home
Have a plan to get out of your house in case of fire. Know TWO escape
If one plan is not possible, you have a back-up. Have a planned meeting
spot outside for the whole family to meet.
If a family member is not a the planned spot, we will know to search
for that person. Practice this drill with your children often!
If you cannot exit your home:
- Close the door to the room.
- Stuff sheets, pillows, blankets,
towels or other soft objects in the cracks and under the door to keep
- Open window if door is closed.
- Throw objects to the ground to get
the attention of firefighters.
- Stay at window until help comes to
you. If smoke is too bad, sit directly under the window.
- NEVER HIDE! Hiding in closets,
under beds or elsewhere may cause us not to find you.
4) Visible House
Numbers & Hydrants
Visible House Numbers and Fire Hydrants Save Vital Time!!
When seconds count, emergency personnel need to find your home or
business with ease.
To better help us help you, these simple steps can make the difference:
- Use large, clear numbers and
letters on your mailbox or home.
- Use reflective numbers and letters
on your mailbox or home for night time.
- If you do not have a mailbox at
the roadside, use a post, sign or other visible object to display your
- Clear away vines, shrubbery, or
other plant life that obstruct the view of the address.
- Business need visible addresses
just as much as private residence. Often businesses have no visible
- Fire Hydrants on your property are
your responsibility to keep clear and visible! If a hydrant can not be
found, it may take many extra minutes to get water from a hydrant that
is further away. These extra minutes may mean the loss of life and
5) Key Boxes
& Door Codes
Key Boxes are small safes mounted by the front door of a home or
business in which a key is located. Only the Fire Department has access
to the safe. This allows for faster access to the home or business
during a fire or medical emergency, or when an alarm is sounding. When
seconds count, the minutes saved by these boxes are invaluable. Please
contact the Fire Chief for more information. If you have a key box, or
you have codes to enter the home, please provide this information to
your alarm company and to the Delaware County Department of Emergency
Services so the information can be relayed to us when responding to an