Safety Tips

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FIREPUP-1 This Dodge Caravan is utilized by our Community Safety Education division to help inform the public on ways to live safer lives.  Some of the topics covered are proper car seat installation, when to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, CPR courses, children’s fire safety presentations, and many more.

Home Safety Tips - Fire

  • Your best defense in getting out of a fire is a smoke detector on every level of your house and inside and outside every sleeping area.
  • Practice an escape plan with the whole family.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detector every 6 months and check monthly.
  • Keep hallways and doorways clear of obstructions.
  • If using space heaters, keep flammable materials at least 3 feet away.
  • Don’t leave food cooking unattended.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the house and learn how to use it.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended.
  • Teach your children how to crawl low under smoke and when to stop, drop, and roll.
  • Take your children to your local fire department to learn about fire safety. Have the fire fighters put on their gear so the children won’t be afraid of them.
  • Keep matches, lighters, etc. put away.
  • Don’t store gas machinery near water heaters or in enclosed areas.
  • If you have gas appliances, get a carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Keep water heater set below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep dryer lint filter clean after each use

Home Safety Tips - Trip Hazards

  • Keep hoses picked up
  • Keep walkways clear
  • Use slip proof material on rugs
  • Use non skid bath mat in bathroom
  • Wear shoes that cover the entire foot
  • Use night lights in bath rooms and on stairs
  • Use sturdy step stool or ladder when climbing

Home Safety Tips - Outside

  • If you have a pool, have a 4 foot fence that separates the house from the pool area
  • Keep rescue equipment near the pool
  • Make sure you do not have any poisonous plants in the yard
  • If you have a play set for your children, make sure the fall surface is at least 12 inches deep, there are no protruding screws or nails, and the surface is one that does not get too hot.
  • Make sure the crawl space is secured
  • House numbers should be visible from the street at least 4 inches high and reflective

Weather Safety

Weather in Mississippi can change quickly and can be deadly. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Have a weather radio with battery back up
  • Have a safe room in your house if you do not have a tornado shelter. Keep it stocked with essentials.
  • If bad weather is approaching, keep TV and radio on local channel.
  • If you are put under tornado warning, then is the time to go to your shelter.