fire safety

  • National Arson Awareness Week

    Next week is National Arson Awareness Week (May 7-13, 2017)

    community_watch.300x300Each year for Arson Awareness Week (AAW), the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.

    This year's theme is Arson prevention at houses of worship: Fire Prevention & Public Education / Outreach Materials & Educational Programs / Arson Awareness

    Help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.
    Spotlight recent arson fires at houses of worship in United States.

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    Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship Webinar

    Each year for Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth fire-setting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community. Arson Awareness Week will be from May 7-13 this year and USFA is providing shareable content about how to help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.

    The burning of a house of worship not only devastates the affected congregation, but wounds the entire community. Whether the motivation behind the arson is hate or reckless vandalism, a congregation views it as an attack on their beliefs and values. Arson robs congregations of their valuable assets, lives and property. Arson destroys more than the buildings used as houses of worship; it can devastate a community, resulting in the decline of the neighborhood through increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue, and a decrease in property values.

    Houses of worship are particularly vulnerable to fire damage because they’re often unoccupied for long periods of time, and in many cases, in rural areas. Rural properties will generally sustain more severe damage – even with an accidental fire – since discovery and response time may be delayed.

  • Prepare for Wildfire Season - Free Tools

    You can participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 6, by organizing an event to clear dried leaves and other flammable debris from your neighborhood.

    ?    Preparing for Wildfires
    ?    How to know if a Wildfire is near you.
    ?    Do you live in a Wildfire Prone Area?
    ?    Wildfire Safety
    ?    Stay healthy and safe during a Wildfire
    ?    Disaster Preparedness: Wildfires
    ?    Wildfires

    prepdaybannernewHelpful tools and tips are available from the National Fire Protection Association to develop a 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity for your community, or organization.

    • prepdaylogo-500Before starting a project, it is important to review the safety tips and safety gear, which includes properly stacking firewood and wearing safety goggles.
    • The Preparedness Day customizable flyer provides an opportunity to add local event information. Download the flyer, fill in your project details and start distributing today!
    • Use the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay and share!.

    To learn more, visit the U.S. Fire Administration Wildfire Safety page or download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide.

  • Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    Freeze-FireThe risk of having a home fire increases during the winter months: December, January, and February.

    To help teach the public about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to promote “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.”

    Learn more:

    Winter Fire Safety

    Winter Fires and Burns

    Winter Preparedness for Your Business

    Each week during the campaign, USFA will share helpful, practical tips to assist with making our homes and families safer. Follow #wintersafety on Twitter @usfire and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfire.

    For additional fire safety and prevention information, visit the USFA's website.

  • Fire Safety is for Everyone (?)

    Fire-SafetyWhile Fire Safety is a basic knowledge that should be available to everyone, often fire safety messaging misses target reaching lower income Americans,

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    fire-safety-reachReaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences with Fire Safety Messages

    Join the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) webinar, Is Your Message Reaching Your Intended Audience?

    Fire departments across the country have seen a slow, steady decline of fire deaths over the past decade. However, in most cases, safety messages are not reaching those who need them most, people with limited education and finances.

    This webinar explores how to effectively reach audiences, address perceptions, and change behavior through effective messages. A well-crafted message misses the mark if it does not reach its intended audience due to packaging and/or placement.

    fire_is_everyones_fightDate: March 23, 2016


    Time:
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT)

     

    The event is a part of the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ Webinar Series.  There is no cost and attendance is limited. Register today.

  • Fireplace Glass Door Safety

    Fireplace-Glass_DoorWe often think about fire safety when it comes to fireplaces, but what about Burns?

    Contact burns , especially to the hands, can happen in an instant. It is recommended that fireplaces with glass doors not be used while children are present.

    Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can reach 392°F/ 200°C within 6.5 minutes of ignition and remain dangerously hot for more than 12 minutes after the unit is turned off.

    Existing glass fireplace doors should be retrofitted with barrier screens or hearth steps.

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  • Fire Safety for Older Adults

    Fires are a serious risk in colder seasons - and even more so for older adults and children - We have talked about many safety concerns for seniors, including Seniors and Scalding Burn InjuriesHelping to prevent falling at homeSeniors Staying Alone and special Winter Dangers for Seniors.

    Seniors-FireNow let's take a look at how home firs risks may be a little different for the elderly:

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), older adults – ages 65 and older – are more likely to be injured during a fire.

    It is important that older adults and their caregivers take steps to protect themselves from a fire in their home.

    USFA has safety recommendations for older adults and their caregivers, which may include:

    • Have a smoke alarm that works for you and the functional needs that you have.  For example, many smoke alarms have lower decibel ranges for those who are hard of hearing. Others may have smoke alarms with strobes or separate bed shaker. There are also smoke alarms with long-lasting batteries for someone with a mobility disability or vision loss.
    • Have conversations with household members, caregivers and friends about your fire safety plan.  Develop and test an escape plan that works for you and your household if you live in a single family home.  If you live in multi-level housing such as an apartment or high-rise building, know your evacuation plan.
    • Take in consideration any additional items you may need to take with you quickly. For example, keep any devices such as wheelchairs, canes, eyeglasses and hearing aids in a consistent place so you can get out quickly;

    For more information about how to protect older adults in your family or community, visit the USFA website.

    Fire emergencies and the need to evacuate go hand in hand. Being able to safely and efficiently vacate the premises is imperative to your health and survival. Our fire evacuation supplies offer the tools needed to cautiously and successfully leave the vicinity and should be readily available in every home as well as private and public business buildings.
  • Winter Fires and Burns

    While Burn Awareness Week may have ended, Winter Fires and Burns should still be high on your list of safety concerns.

    Freezing Out Winter Fires

    As outside temperatures drop, houses heat up and burn injuries increase.

    Winter-Fire-3Death by fire is torturous, scary, and often preventable. One American dies every 2 hours and 42 minutes from a fire injury, with almost 3,000 annual deaths from residential fires. These numbers are pain-strikingly high, as burn injuries are second only to car accidents as America’s leading cause of accidental deaths. And, perhaps surprising to some, the number of patients arriving in burn injury treatment center increases during the cold, winter months.

    With blizzards currently blanketing cities in snow and ice, people rely on heaters more than ever to stay warm. Tragically, these same heaters cause an estimated 50,000 house fires every year- killing 150, injuring over 500 and costing over $300 million in property damage.

    In fact, residential fires are responsible for more deaths, injuries, and monetary property damage than all other fire types. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, second to cooking, and the most common cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association.Winter-Fire

    While understandably focused on beating the freeze, it’s imperative everyone follows strict safety guidelines when warming up their home.

    Home Heating Safety Tips:

    1. All flammable materials should remain at least three feet away from heating equipment including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and portable space heaters.

    2. Implement a three-foot “kid-free” zone around fires and space heaters.

    3. Heating equipment and chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually

    4. Space heaters should never be plugged into an extension cord or power strip

    5. Ensure fireplaces have a screen to stop flying sparks; cool ashes before placing in a metal container and store the container a safe distance from your home.

    6. Turn space heaters off when leaving a room or going to sleep

    7. Stationary heating equipment should be installed by a professional knowledgeable in local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

    8. Periodically test smoke detector batteries and always have a fire extinguisher within easy reach

    Unfortunately, even the cautious may fall prey to a winter fire. California burn injury attorney Scott Liljegren has witnessed countless burn victims go through months of rehabilitation.

    “Even minor burns... no matter what the cause, are incredibly painful and difficult to heal,” Liljegren said. “Severe burns can leave permanent scars, limit movement, and often prevent people from returning to work...even minor burns can have a major impact on your life.”

    In the event of such burn injuries, he continued, there are immediate actions you may take.

    Immediate Treatment for Minor Burn Injuries:

    1. Flush burn area with room temperature water, not cold. Water alone or a mild soap is all you should you use to gently clean the injured area.

    2. Do not apply ice as it can cause tissue damage to burned skin

    3. Keep the injured are clean and dry while it heals. If needed, cover the burnt skin with a light bandage. Over-the-counter ointment may be applied to prevent the bandage from sticking to the skin.

    4. Stay away from folk remedies like applying butter; butter, for example, may increase the chance of infection in a severe burn.

    Winter-Fire-3While some minor burns may be suitably treated from your home it is always a good idea to visit a doctor to ensure the wound heals properly and no underlying infection develops.

    Heating equipment often causes serious and potentially fatal burn injuries requiring medical attention.

    Seek medical treatment if:

    1. A burn area is large or any blistering occurs

    2. There is extreme pain

    3. Any loss of sensation

    4. Burnt on the face, eyes, hands, or feet

    5. There’s any smoke inhalation from the fire exposure

    6. A burn does not appear to heal normal

    For more information of fire safety and prevention and statistics, visit the U.S. Fire Administration: Working for a Fire-Safe America.

    JMurrell writes on behalf of California burn lawyers of Liljegren Law Group and Safer-America.

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  • Gadgets & Gizmos bring Safety Considerations

    So Santa treated you well, and you've now got every multimedia mind-boggling, sensory overloads device you could dream of.. now plug them all in and enjoy, eh?

    Stop and think a moment.

    Extension cords are a convenient way to power electrical devices, especially during the holiday season. However, without proper use, extension cords can become a fire hazard.

    Electrical Safety Electrical Safety

    extensionCordAccording to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), most home electrical fires involve the home’s electrical wiring or lighting.  Follow these important USFA tips to keep your family safe:

    • » Replace worn, old, or damaged extension cords right away;
    • » Use extension cords for temporary purposes only;
    • » Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug;
    • » Don't overload power strips; and
    • » Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

    Keep your new toys and your home safe from electrical fire!

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  • 5 Fall Preparedness Thoughts

    The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.

    But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we want to remind you to Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.WRN

    Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:

    1. Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
    2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
    3. Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South.  Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
    4. Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
    5. Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm.  If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
  • Fire Blankets and Fire Retardant Clothing

    What is a Fire Blanket, and What about Fire Retardant Clothing?

    Treated with Dupont X-12 for fire retardancy. This 62"x80" blanket is fire retardant in accordance with the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act, CS 191-53. Machine washable, comes with 4 mounting brass grommet holes. THE LABEL READS: "70% Wool, 30% Synthetic, Fire Retardant" Treated with Dupont X-12 for fire retardancy. This 62"x80" blanket is fire retardant in accordance with the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act, CS 191-53. Machine washable, comes with 4 mounting brass grommet holes.
    THE LABEL READS:
    "70% Wool, 30% Synthetic, Fire Retardant"

    Fire blankets are designed to trow over small fires to smother them - fires need oxygen, and depriving them of this will cause them to go out. Older fire Blankets had asbestos in them, so if you are unsure of the age of your fire blanket, you should replace to assure you aren't introducing new hazards into your environment while eliminating the fire.

    With Fire Retardant Clothing, generally there are four types of fiber and or blends: 100% cotton, 88% cotton/12% nylon blends and inherently fire retardant fibers such as Nomex (an aramid) or Modacrylic. It is not unusual to find any of these fibers to be blended with other fibers. With the exception of 100% Cotton, which may wash out after about fifty washes, these fabrics fire retardancy will not wash out. In purchasing any garment one should read the laundering instructions or google them to maximize the life of the item. It should be noted fabric softeners should not be used as they can coat the fabric diminishing the effectiveness of the cloth.

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