- Install smoke detectors. Working smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home in time for you to escape, even if you are sleeping. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install 1 inside your sleeping area as well. Test detectors every month, following the manufacturer's directions, and replace batteries twice a year (when the time changes). A good way to remember to change your batteries is to change them every time you set the clocks back or forward. You should also change them if they start to "chirp." This is a signal that the battery is low. Always use new batteries in your smoke detector. Never "borrow" your smoke detector's battery. Replace detectors that are more than 10 years old.
- Plan your escape from fire. If a fire breaks out in your home, you have to get out fast. Prepare for a fire emergency by sitting down with your family and agreeing on an escape plan. Be sure that everyone knows at least 2 unobstructed exits - doors and windows - from every room. (If you live in an apartment building, do not include elevators in your escape plan.) Decide on a meeting place outside where everyone will meet after they escape. Have your entire household practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
- Keep an eye on smokers. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in North America. Smoking in bed or when you are drowsy could be deadly. Provide smokers with large, deep non-tip ashtrays and soak butts with water before discarding them. Before going to bed or leaving home after someone has been smoking, check under and around cushions and upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes.
- Cook carefully and never leave cooking unattended. Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear clothes with short, rolled-up, or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can't bump them and children can't grab them. Enforce a "Kid-Free Zone" 3 feet (1 meter) around your kitchen stove. If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat. Leave the lid on until cool.
- Give space heaters space. Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from anything that can burn. Keep children and pets away from heaters, and never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed.
- Matches and lighters are tools, not toys. In a child's hand, matches and lighters can be deadly. Use only child-resistant lighters and store all matches and lighters up high, where small children can't see or reach them, preferably in a locked cabinet. Teach your children that matches and lighters are tools, not toys, and should be used only by adults or with adult supervision. Teach young children to tell a grown-up if they find matches or lighters; older children should bring matches or lighters to an adult immediately.
- Cool a burn. Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes. Never put butter or grease on a burn. If the burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately. Never use ice.
- Use electricity safely. If an electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, then have it serviced before using it again. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed. Don't overload extension cords or run them under rugs. Don't tamper with your fuse box or use improperly-sized fuses.
- Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, smoke and poisonous gases rise with the heat. The air is cleaner near the floor. If you encounter smoke while you are escaping from a fire, use an alternate escape route.
- Stop, drop, and roll. If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over till you have smothered the flames. Don't just do it once. Keep rolling until the flames have been put out.
Twinsburg's Tornado / Severe Weather SirensThe 6 severe weather warning sirens strategically placed in the City of Twinsburg are to alert anyone that is outside that severe weather is approaching our area and to take shelter immediately. Once obtaining shelter, individuals should tune in to their local weather, either via TV or the radio for further information.
MisconceptionsThere is a misconception that the sirens are only sounded to alert for an approaching tornado and that the sound can be heard inside of a structure or vehicle. The sirens are alerted whenever the Police Dispatcher is notified of a need by a couple of ways. One way is via Teletype from the National Weather Service, if a police officer on patrol that sees or hears of conditions necessitating this warning, or a neighboring community to the north, south, or west of Twinsburg has used their alerting system for approaching severe weather, typically non-snow events. Some folks may hear the sirens once activated while inside of a structure, however that is not typical nor designed. Often those hearing a siren inside are fairly close to a siren.
There is another misconception that the sirens can be turned up in volume. Again that is incorrect as the audio level is at the highest decibel level allowed by federal law.
The final misconception is that if the sirens are heard to be alerted a 2nd time that it is an "all clear". There is no "all clear" notification. Each time the sirens are sounded, it indicates that another warning has been received by the Dispatch Center.
TestingThe tornado sirens are tested on the 1st Saturday of every month at noon.
Twinsburg CERT staffs all nine siren sites to witness the monthly tests to ensure that the system is operating normally.
- A Season for Sharing in Fire Safety - A Fact Sheet on Holiday Fire Prevention (PDF)
- Autumn Fire Safety - Tips for the Home (PDF)
- Calling 911 From a Cell Phone (PDF)
- Get Out Safely - A Fact Sheet on Fire Escape Planning (PDF)
- Tornado Fire Safety (PDF)
- Winter Fire Safety - Tips for the Home (PDF)
- Winter Safety Pamphlet (PDF)
- Winter Storm Fire Safety (PDF)
- Wood Stove, Fireplace, and Space Heater Safety (PDF)