Home Safety Tips

SMOKE ALARMS

The Scottsdale Fire Department estimates that as many as 52,000 households could be at risk because their smoke alarms are older than 10 years and dysfunctional due to age.

SFD urges residents to replace all smoke alarms that exceed the 10-year mark.  The older the alarms, the less sensitive they become and the longer it takes to recognize a fire and alert a family.  Since a fire can double in size every two minutes, there isn’t a minute to spare.  This is important even in homes that have fire sprinklers because alarms typically sound before a sprinkler is activated.  Scottsdale Fire Department has a free program to replace smoke alarms in residences owned and lived in by seniors or individuals living with a disability; call 480-312-1817.

Protect Your Family From Fire

Only one-third of Americans have both  developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.  The Scottsdale Fire Department recommends that you take this time to plan your family’s escape from fire.  Here are some steps you can take:

  • Make a map of your home.  Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home.  This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.  Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Write the emergency telephone number for the Fire Department on your escape plan.
  • Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

For more safety tips and special programs, visit Scottsdale Fire Prevention Tips.

POWER OUTAGES

When the power goes out in your home, the first step is to see if your neighbors have power.  If they don’t, contact your utility provider to find details.  Only call once so you don’t unnecessarily tie up phone lines.  If the neighbors do have power, check the fuse box to see if there is a blown fuse.  Some safety tips when the power goes out:
** Don’t get near any fallen or sagging power line.
** Turn off the lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and the freezer
** Turn on one single lamp so that you will know when the power is working again.
** Wait at least 15 minutes before turning on the remaining appliances after the power has been restored.
** People who depend on electrical equipment to treat a health problem should have a backup generator or another plan in place
** Food warmer than 41 degrees should be thrown out
APS customers can get information on their Outage Center Page .

WINTER FREEZES

Overnight temperatures can drop below freezing during winter months in North Scottsdale.  Then there is a real possibility of water freezing in your pipes, especially on large properties.  Scottsdale’s Water Resources suggests the following tips to prevent your pipes from freezing overnight:

** Cover outdoor, exposed pipes and protect them with some type of temporary insulation (a towel, blanket, small rug, etc.)

** Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water pipes in the garage

** If weather is very cold outside, consider letting the cold water drip slightly from the faucets.  Running water through the pipe, even just a trickle, will help prevent pipes from freezing since the dripping water is above freezing.

If you do experience a disruption of water service during freezing temperatures, please check the water lines on your property before calling Water Resources.  For more information call 480-312-5650 or visit Scottsdale Water Cold Weather Tips and click on Cold Weather Tips.