House Fire Ready

 

Get Ready for House and Office Fires

Each year, household fires cause more than 4,000 Americans deaths and more than 25,000 injuries. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable and continue to pose a significant public health problem.

Prepare
Install Smoke Alarms

  • Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence. Place them outside bedrooms on the ceiling or high on the wall (4 to 12 inches from ceiling), at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs and near (but not in) the kitchen.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year when you change your clocks back to Standard Time each Fall. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

Plan
Plan Your Escape

  • Review escape routes with your family. Practice escaping from each room.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut. Make sure security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from the inside.
  • Consider escape ladders if your residence has more than one level, and ensure that burglar bars and other antitheft mechanisms that block outside window entry are easily opened from the inside.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the floor when escaping from a fire.

Stay Informed
During a Fire
To escape a fire, you should:

  • Check closed doors for heat before you open them.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and door frame before you open it.
  • Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test for heat – burning those areas could impair your ability to escape a fire (i.e., ladders and crawling).
    • Hot Door
      Do not open. Escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting fire fighters to your presence.
    • Cool Door
      Open slowly and ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door immediately and use an alternate escape route, such as a window. If clear, leave immediately through the door and close it behind you. Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rise. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.
  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit – heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Close doors behind you as you escape to delay the spread of the fire.
  • Stay out once you are safely out. Do not reenter. Call 9-1-1.

After a Fire

  • If you are with burn victims, or are a burn victim yourself, call 9-1-1; cool and cover burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.
  • If you detect heat or smoke when entering a damaged building, evacuate immediately.
  • If you have a safe or strong box, do not try to open it. It can hold intense heat for several hours. If the door is opened before the box has cooled, the contents could burst into flames.
  • If you must leave your home because a building inspector says the building is unsafe, ask someone you trust to watch the property during your absence

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:45pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:44amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 23.0 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:44pmTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 15.9 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 13.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.3 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.4 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.5 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Steady And By Early Sunday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 8 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 20.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.7 Feet By Early Monday ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:43pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:43pmTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 4:30amTarget Area: Dooly; Macon; Sumter

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:37pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:36amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 18.6 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 11:00pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:34pmTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Monday Afternoon, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 8:15 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 21.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 1:00pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Dougherty

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 4:36pmExpires: February 25, 2020 at 10:00pmTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Sunday Night...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 8:30pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 2:24amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Emanuel; Treutlen

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Washington And Wilkinson Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Oconee River Near Oconee. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:23pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:22amTarget Area: Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday... * What...sub-freezing Temperatures As Low As 30 Degrees Expected. * Where...coffee, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Appling, Wayne, Atkinson, Pierce And Northern Ware Counties. * When...from 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday. * Impacts...frost And Freeze Conditions Could Kill Crops And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 3:00amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Coffee; Jeff Davis; Northern Ware; Pierce; Wayne