1) Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order and they have working batteries!
2) Make sure that your household has a fire escape plan and that everyone in the family knows about it. It should include a meeting spot at least 50ft from the house.
3) NEVER go back into your house if it is on fire in order to retrieve something.
4) If you believe to be in a building that is on fire, use the back of your hand to feel closed doors for warmth before opening them.
5) If your clothing catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL! Remember to never panic, as it will not help the situation.
6) Make sure that fires are always watched, whether it be cooking or just having a nice evening campfire. We have responded to several fires that have accidentally spread out of control after being unattended for just a few moments.
7) Be sure that matches, cigarettes, and anything that is burning is out before leaving it unsupervised throwing it out.
8) If you are in a fire or believe there is one that can’t be handled on your own call 911 as soon as possible! We would rather be there and not be needed than lose a life or property because we aren't.
9) Make sure that cottage roads and docks are cleared and accessible for fire trucks and rescue boats. Fire apparatus can be over 8 feet wide, so be sure they have a path to enter.
10) Cottages, houses and camps on land or on an island should be properly labeled with a name and current 911 addresses.
If you have any questions, contact your local fire department!