As we have seen these past few months, the weather and natural disasters can be extremely unpredictable so please use the spring time change on March 14th as a reminder to check and refresh your emergency supply kit and other preparedness supplies. Make sure that your family uses flashlights instead of candles at all times during a power outage as many home fires are started by candles left unattended. Draft and practice an evacuation plan, mapping out your route toward safety and shelter. Make sure you have an out‐of‐town contact that knows all the important information about your family in case you are separated during the disaster.
This weekend is also a good time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace the batteries if needed, and clean dust away from the slots so that smoke can enter freely. All smoke alarms, hard-wired and battery-powered, should be replaced every ten years.