Home Safety

Home Safety


Home Security

  • Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors, and keep doors, garage doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are at home.
  • Do not open the door without question at the sound of knock. Question who is there; confirm identity by looking out of a window or install peepholes in your doors.
  • If you are not expecting a package, delivery or service call do not answer the door. Insist upon verbal verification of employer and call company to confirm delivery is legitimate. Your front door should remain closed and locked.
  • Never rely on a chain-latch as barrier to partially open the door; a home invader will kick in the door.
  • Never leave a spare key hidden outside.
  • Keep a flashlight, charged cellphone and your vehicle key fob within easy access. If needed you can hit the panic button on your key fob and call for help on your cell phone.
  • Be aware of unusual activity around your neighborhood; report suspicious behavior.
  • You may want to let your neighbor know that you are planning a trip and ask them to keep an eye on your house. Consider giving them a contact number for emergencies.
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Fire Safety

  • Make a home escape plan

    • Know at least 2 ways out of every room
    • Practice your home fire drill
    • Replace batteries in your smoke detectors every six months.
    • If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
    • Call 911
    • Never go back inside a burning home
    • Always have a fire extinguisher that is accessible and suitable for your home.
  • Cook with caution.

    • Stay in the kitchen while cooking otherwise turn off the stove.
    • Keep anything that can catch on fire oven mitts, towels, curtains, utensils away from your stove top.
    • If a pan or pot with grease or oil catches fire don’t panic. Cover it with a lid or use a wet a dish cloth, wring it out and then carefully place over the pot or pan.
  • “Candle with Care”

    • Blow out candles when you go to bed or leave the room.
    • Avoid use of candles in bedrooms where you may fall asleep, and keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Home heating safety:

    • Remember to turn portable space heaters off before bedtime or leaving a room.
    • Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
    • NEVER use an oven to heat your home.
  • Smoking safety:

    • If you smoke, smoke outdoors only.
    • If you smoke indoors, stay alert, especially if drowsy or taking prescription medications.
    • NEVER smoke in bed.
  • Electrical safety:

    • Only plug one heat producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater) into a receptacle outlet at time.
    • Make sure that the electrical outlet that you are using is a “GFCI” (ground fault circuit interrupter) if you are using an electrical appliance near a sink or water (i.e. hand held hair dryer)
    • Check electrical cords to make sure they are in good working condition, are not across doorways or under carpets.
    • Check electrical cords to make sure that they have a ground
    • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on lamps and fixtures.

Quick Links & Resources

Marion County Non-Emergency Number

For an emergency call 911.
For the non-emergency line call: (352) 732-9111

North Central FL Poison Control

For Poisoning Emergencies Call: 1-800-222-1222 .

OTOW Customer Service (Non-Medical) Emergency Number

Please call 352-236-OTOW
(ext. 6869).