Fire Safety

In response to neighbor concerns after the home fire on Alamos Place July 6:

Tips for Preventing a House Fire

(Provided by the Boone County Fire Protection District)

  1. Do not use power strips or extension cords. If you do, make sure they are “UL listed” and cords are undamaged.
  2. Do not walk away from food cooking on the stove – cooking is the #1 cause of all home fires.
  3. Clean your dryer lint filter after every use and clean your dryer vent 1-2 times per year, depending on how often you use it. You can purchase dryer vent cleaning kits at home improvement stores.
  4. Have your home heating and cooling system serviced regularly. Most companies recommend twice per year.
  5. If you have a wood burning fireplace and use it, have your chimney cleaned professionally at the end of every winter.
  6. If you have a breaker that frequently trips when using electricity, have it checked by a licensed electrician.
  7. Never leave candles burning unattended.


Increasing Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire

The first 2 minutes of a house fire are the most critical to escaping safely.

  1. Install a smoke detector on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.
  2. Check each smoke detector battery once a month and replace as needed.
  3. Plan escape routes from each room of your home. Have at least two routes for each room.
  4. Make sure that everyone living in your home is familiar with the fire escape plan and where you will meet each other outside after escaping a fire.
  5. Practice your fire escape plan with all family members regularly.
  6. Never re-enter a house that is on fire once you have escaped.

Neighborhood Association Quarterly Meeting, Tues, July 10, 6:30-8pm

Road resurfacing is coming to El Chaparral! Come to the El Chaparral Neighborhood Association (ECNA) meeting at the New Horizons Methodist Church to learn more. Our guest speaker will be Micah Taylor, Boone County Public Works Engineer and Project Manager. Come to learn about the timeline for the project and find out when you will be affected. Bring your questions and be ready to talk about our great neighborhood. Hope to see you on the 10th at 6:30!