Fire prevention and safety go hand in hand.
The little things that you can and should do, will prevent or significantly reduce a
serious accident or fire.
Look around for fall hazards, such as: loose rugs; steps not well marked;
loose or no hand railings; stairways not well lighted; etc.
Correcting these items will go a long way towards preventing a fall and sustaining a broken hip,
leg, shoulder or arm.
- Do not smoke in bed.
- Do not put cigarette or cigar buts in trash bins.
- Do not put charcoal or fireplace ashes in combustible containers. Make sure they are completely out and then put them in a metal container.
- Be extremely careful when cooking next to the house, especially on a deck.
- Do not leave stove top cooking unattended.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for operation. (Smoke detectors should be replaced every 8 to 10 years.)
- Clear brush and tall grass from around your house.
- No outdoor burning without a burn permit. Permits are issued by the Town of Southern Shores.
To obtain a burn pemit, call the Town at: 252-261-2394.
- Have your dwelling well marked for identification. Reflective signs are invaluable in locating dwellings. We can find it if it is on fire, but it may be hard to find for medical emergencies, especially at night.
These common sense items will go a long way towards making your dwelling safe and fire resistant.