General Safety Tips

Make the most of your detectors

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors outside of each sleeping area.
  • Test alarms and detectors once a month
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

Have an emergency supply kit

  • Store water - 1 gallon per person per day
  • Nonperishable food
  • A flashlight with batteries
  • First aid kit

Fire Safety

  • Talk with family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year
  • Teach kids that playing with matches and lighters is dangerous. Always keep these items out of children’s reach
  • Only use grills outside of the house
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP

Scott's Law

Named after lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting a crash incident on the expressway.

When approaching any stationary vehicle with flashing emergency lights, vehicles shall:

  • Reduce Speed
  • Change lanes if possible
  • Proceed with caution

Tick Bite: What to Do

Tick bites can make people sick. Below are some steps you can take after a tick bite to reduce your chances of getting sick and how to get treatment promptly.

Remove the tick as soon as possible.

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as you can
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick
  • After removing the tick, clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water
  • Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet.