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RESIDENCE - General items
Also see: DRIVEWAYS, FIRES, GARAGE DOORS, GUESTS, HOME IMPROVEMENTS, HOME INSPECTIONS, MORTGAGE, PLAYGROUNDS, POOLS, RESIDENCE - Setting up
____ Establish a plan for escaping your home in the event of fire, smoke, etc., e.g.:
- Primary escape route from each part of the residence
- At least one alternate escape route from each part of residence
- Designate location outside to meet after escaping from the stucture - to ensure everyone is out
____ Determine which items you would want to get out of your residence in the event of a fire, impending storm, flooding, etc., e.g.:
- Insurance papers
- Other important and/or irreplaceable documents
____ Install a carbon monoxide alarm with an audible alarm which is loud enough to wake you - carbon monoxide poisoning is often fatal
____ Determine if any plants in your yard are poisonous and have them removed or ensure your children and pets do not eat them
____ Determine the capacities of decks, balconies, etc.
____ Keep specific directions to your house next to each phone - so you can read them to visiting family or friends
To encourage community involvement:
____ Put up a mailbox for items other than U.S. Mail, e.g., notes from neighbors
To help protect against home invasions and burglaries:
____ Determine the non-emergency phone number to call to report suspicious people and/or vehicles to the police and keep it available
____ Install a security system (a hard-wired monitored perimeter alarm is probably most effective)
____ Post signs around your residence (e.g., in your yard, on your windows) stating that your residence is protected by a security system
____ Join your Neighborhood Watch program
____ Install deadbolt locks with full 1" bolts
____ For sliding glass doors, install a locking bar with a blocking device to prevent the bar from being lifted up off their tracks
____ Get a dog or just put a large dog food bowl outside your back door with "Killer", "Bruno", "Brutus", etc. on it
To get quick indication of an earthquake:
____ Place a bottle upside down on a foil or metal pie tin
____ Have your furnance, etc. checked (some utility companies perform inspections for free) - can cause carbon monoxide poisoning which is often fatal
____ Report suspicious people and activities to the police
If you have a monitored security system:
____ Keep it armed, especially when you're home
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