Fire Prevention

Is Your Family Safe?

A well prepared emergency power kit containing flashlights, a battery powered radio and a fresh supply of batteries could mean the difference between life and death during a power outage in severe weather. A flashlight can be a beacon of light toward safety and a radio a link to the outside world.
The Balch Springs Fire Department encourages you to stay prepared when facing power failure as a result of tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather by making sure your family has an emergency power kit prepared before severe weather strikes. A great time to do this is during the spring time change.

What You Need To Weather The Storm

Whether a simple thunderstorm one night in May, or a devastating hurricane sweeping through a town, communities across the country often face the ill effects of severe weather. One Important aspect is to make sure families have a well stocked emergency power kit when power outages occur.

An emergency power kit should contain at least one flashlight for every member of the family. Many home fires are started by burning candles left unattended, with an average of one home candle fire reported every 34 minutes. Therefore, it is important to remind families not to use candles in the case of a power outage. In addition to flashlights, a tool kit should contain battery operated lanterns, radios, and cell phone cargers plus fresh batteries to power them during prolonged power outages. Make sure the power kit also contains extra batteries for critical care devices like hearing aids and glucose monitors.

Items to keep in your kit

  • Battery powered radio
  • Plenty of extra batteries
  • Flashlight for every member of the family
  • Battery powered cell phone charger
  • Water
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Toys for small children
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First aid kit
  • Pictures of family members
  • Pet care items