There are many causes of fires around the home that we often overlook. The challenge is in identifying those potential risks and taking steps to address them. The home safety web page offer information on several areas of home and family safety.
During Halloween night children are often focused on getting from house to house and may not be watching for cars. As drivers, please be extra observant on Halloween and watch for those small trick-or-treaters that may jump out at you in the night.
It is that time of year when people are going to start building fires in homes for heat. For your safety, and to prevent home fires, be sure to clean chimneys and stove pipes. Creosote build up can affect the air flow out of the stove or fireplace and can eventually lead to a fire that may cause substantial damage. Check smoke alarm batteries or install smoke alarms if there are none in the home.
For more information about home smoke alarms visit our web page about smoke detectors. There you will find some very important information about the types of smoke detectors and what types of fires they will detect.
For more information about home smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, please visit: www.usfa.dhs.gov/smokealarms
FEMA Encourages Americans to Be Prepared As They Turn Their Clocks Back
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging Americans to take advantage of the November 7 time change as a reminder to make sure their families are prepared for a possible emergency. A few simple steps like checking smoke alarms, developing a family communications plan, and putting an emergency kit together can go a long way toward keeping families safe.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and members of the Eastern Nevada Narcotic Task Force caution those venturing into Nevada public lands anytime to be mindful of the potential for the discovery of hidden marijuana fields.
http://www.ready.gov/ – This is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Preparedness web site.
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.
The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. Throughout September, Homeland Security will work with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of family emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation. The emphasis for this year is Pledge to Prepare. Visit the FEMA website for information to help you Pledge to Prepare.
Bottom Line: Be Prepared
Make sure that you are well prepared for any workplace emergency. The recent extreme weather events across the United States not only shows that anything can happen at any time, but also that being prepared pays off in terms of lack of mishaps, injuries or fatalities. Whether the emergency is wiildfire, hurricane, flooding, extreme snow or something else, being prepared with an emergency preparedness kit can make you and your family safer and more comfortable.
Make sure you know:
- How to report an emergency situation, and to whom.
- At least two emergency evacuation routes from your work area.
- The locations of fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, etc.
- Think about how you would communicate with your family and friends if there were a power failure. Talk about this with family and come up with your own communication plan.
- Prepare a small emergency kit of personal items needed in case you could not get home for a few days. (medications, contacts/glasses, cash, clothes, etc.)