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Fire and Earthquake Safety

Fire Safety

What to do if there is a fire

  • Should you discover a fire, evacuate all occupants and call 911 immediately.
  • Go to your nearest extinguisher, break the glass box, and use the extinguisher on the fire. Make sure to take something to break the glass.

Fire Prevention

Please follow these fire prevention guidelines:

  • Do not tamper with, cover or attempt to remove fire alarms or smoke detectors. Call the Village Office for repairs.
  • Do not park gas-powered vehicles in or around apartment buildings, i.e. mopeds.
  • Avoid storing flammables (including brooms, mops and rags) near water heaters and room heaters.
  • Do not block access to water heater closets or fire extinguishers.
  • Do not block access to balconies, stairs, exits or fire escapes.
  • Storage or use of ammunition, kerosene, gasoline, naphtha, benzene, propane, or other flammable or explosive materials is STRICTLY PROHIBITED in your apartment or any common area.
  • Do not leave charcoal lighter fluid outside.
  • Do not use ALUMINUM FOIL or plastic wrap on water heaters, STOVE TOPS, hood fans over stoves or walls.
  • Do not leave your apartment with food cooking on the stove or heaters/appliances turned on.
  • Do not use extension cords longer than eight feet. Extension cords must not be placed under rugs or in places where someone may trip over them.
  • Do not use portable electric heaters in the bathrooms. All electric heaters, heat lamps and sun lamps must be placed away from combustibles and in places where they will not start a fire if they are knocked over.
  • Use caution with paper decorations, especially lampshades which are highly combustible.
  • All electrical appliances should bear the label of a qualified testing agency. Most of the products sold in the US are tested by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Their insignia must appear on the appliance, not just the cord.
  • Dispose of any faulty appliances (short-circuits, exposed wiring, cut insulation). These can pose an electrical fire hazard.
  • When cleaning, unplug the toaster or other appliances with exposed coils. Holiday electrical decorations must be approved by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or another approved testing agency.
  • Use barbecues and outdoor cooking equipment only in the designated picnic areas, never in your apartment or on balconies. Barbecues must be at least 25 feet from buildings. Propane-fueled barbecues are not permitted.
  • Do not put hot coals in a trash dumpster.
  • Above all, use common sense!

Earthquake Safety

How to prepare for an earthquake

  • Have a predetermined outside location for you and your family to meet in the event of an emergency. See the Village Map to familiarize yourself with the emergency/evacuation locations (softball field at the corner of Kula Gulf & Red Oak Ave)
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit for you and your family including first aid supplies, food and water to use in case of a serious earthquake or other disasters. Refer to Are You prepared For an Earthquake.
  • Refer to the Office of Emergency Management for more information on how to get informed, prepared, trained and involved.