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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
- All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container with a lid. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
- Develop and practice a home escape plan that includes two ways out of each room and an outside meeting place.
Friday, November 18, 2011
- Test Your Smoke Alarm - Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test the smoke alarms once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
- Plan Your Escape - Create and practice a home escape plan with your family.
- Keep Matches and Lighters in a Safe Area - Always keep matches and lighters stored high in a locked cabinet or a locked box. Kids imitate adults, set a safe example.
- Cook Safely - Never leave cooking unattended and keep the cooking area clutter free.
- Give Space Heaters Space - Keep anything that can burn three feet away from portable heaters.
- Extinguish Smoking Materials - Before emptying the contents of an ashtray into the trash, wet the contents.
- Electrical Safety - Replace damaged electrical cords and repair or replace appliances that smell, smoke, or overheat.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED).