Home Safety

  1. Family Disaster Plan
  2. Home Emergency Supplies
  3. Staying Warm Indoors
  4. Protecting Water Pipes
  5. If The Lights Go Out
  6. Generator Safety
  7. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  8. Fire Safety
  9. Kerosene Heaters
  10. Clearing Your Roof

A hand holding a small houseFamilies should be prepared for all hazards that affect their area and themselves.

Follow these basic steps to develop a family disaster plan:

  • Learn your community's warning signals.
  • Meet with your family to create a plan. Pick two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school). Choose an out-of-area friend as your family check-in contact for everyone to call if the family becomes separated.
  • Implement your plan. Post emergency telephone numbers by the phones. Install safety features in your house such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Inspect your home for potential hazards and correct them. Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures. Make sure everyone knows how and when to call 911 or your local emergency medical services phone number. Have disaster supplies on hand.