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Council's Corner: Do not put off getting rid of home fire hazards until tomorrow

May 3, 2017

The Lehigh Acres Community Council is concerned about fire safety, natural disasters and you.

The following safety tips are suggested for everyone, and everyone should take the time to implement a plan to protect yourself, your family and your property:

- Make a home escape plan making sure your children know how to get out of the house through windows and doors in the event of a fire. Practice helping children get out of the house using different ways. Tell your children to get out of the house and stay out of the house.

- Plan a meeting spot at a tree, a light pole, the mail box - somewhere a safe distance from the house and stay there and wait for the rest of the family to escape. Once safe and outside, call for help using 911 on your cell phone.

- Make a list of your doctors, relatives and friends who first responders can call. A good place to put such a list is in a plastic bag in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. A list of your medications is very helpful to first responders in the event you or a family member needs medical assistance.

- Check the batteries in your smoke alarm at least every three months. If the smoke alarm goes off, get out and stay out. Do not try to stay in the house to get those important papers, clothes or pictures. Fire safe boxes are available to store important papers and pictures.

- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

- Trim shrubs and trees away from your home. Remove dead trees and shrubs.

- Water your lawn on the days you are allowed. Keeping your landscaping even a little damp helps keep fire danger down.

- Check around your garage for fire hazards like oily rags, gas cans, lawn equipment with gasoline and other fire hazards.

- If you smoke, make sure that cigarette is completely out before you go in the house.

Remember Smokey Bear's famous words, "Only you can prevent forest fires." Only you can prevent home fires and only you can protect your family from the dangers of a fire.

Be aware of your surroundings - do not put off getting rid of fire hazards until tomorrow.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council serves as the voice for unincorporated Lehigh Acres. To contact the council, email



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