Open Burning

Burn BarrellWant to know the law? Before you burn anything you should read IDEM Open Burning Brochure.(PDF)  Indiana rules generally prohibit open burning except for certain exceptions and IDEM encourages alternatives to open burning. Open burning is the combustion of any matter in the open or in an open dump.

While Indiana regulations allow some types of residential open burning of clean wood in most areas of the state, many communities have adopted local ordinances to ban or restrict residential open burning. You should check with your local fire department, health department or city or county government officials to see if local bans or restrictions are in place.

WORKING Smoke Detectors Save Lives

smoke detectorThe majority of fatal home fires happen at night, when people are asleep. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake a sleeping person. The poisonous gases and smoke produced by a fire can numb the senses and put you into a deeper sleep.

Inexpensive household smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire. By giving you time to escape, smoke detectors cut your risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates more than 94 percent of North American homes have at least one smoke alarm. But consider this fact: There are more homes with smoke alarms that don’t work, than homes without any alarms. These poorly maintained units create a false sense of security for residents.

Family Preparedness

Prepared FamilyThe time to take responsibility for your family and community is BEFORE a diaster strikes. Local responders could be overwhelmed in a catostrophic event in ours or any community.

One part of family preparedness is making a supply kit that will help you and your family survive until emergency personnel are able to reach you. Disaster kits are tailored to your family. They take into account the people living in your house. Kits should be designed to last for 3 days . Each kit will include basic items like water, food, flash light, battery powered radio, and a first aid kit. Visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security for More Information