Fire and Earthquake 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.
- IF YOU NOTICE A FIRE, ALWAYS CALL 911. NEVER ASSUME THE ALARM OR ANOTHER PERSON HAS ALREADY CALLED FOR HELP.
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!
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.