Fire Prevention Week October 4-10
Hear The Beep Where You Sleep.
Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
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Never Flush Wipes!
Our pipes (and yours) can’t handle things like wipes, facial tissues, diapers, cotton balls, tampons, dental floss, paper towels and even hair (who knew?). Many of these items become stringy and bind together to block pipes.
What does "flushable" mean?
There is currently no regulation to specify what products can be labelled “flushable”. So even if a so-called “flushable” product makes it down your toilet, it can still cause big problems for the sewage system. Cities around the world are working to develop an ISO standard to more accurately label whether or not products are truly flushable.
Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Test smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
- Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Fire Escape Planning
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
- Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
- Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing— away from the stove.
- Keep pets off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
- If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Follow Your Escape Plan
- During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
- If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
- Crawl low under smoke.
- Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help.
- If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
Use Caution with Fire Extinguishers
- Use a portable fire extinguisher ONLY in the following conditions:
- The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing.
- The room is not filled with smoke.
- Everyone has exited the building.
- The fire department has been called.
Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:
P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A – Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Warmer Temperatures. Vacations. Road construction. Combine heat, driving stress, and long stretches of highway under construction and you have a recipe for extreme driving hazards for motorists and road workers alike.
The Cone Zones are those portions of the highways marked by cones, barrels, and signs where road construction is taking place. Even though they are marked and signposted as areas where motorists must slow down and drive with extra caution, many drivers speed up to get through the construction area as quickly as possible.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports that most fatalities occur during the summer and on weekdays. The number one cause of death and injury in highway construction work zones is speeding traffic.
Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, consider the following safety tips when driving through the Cone Zone:
- Plan ahead and drive an alternative route whenever possible.
- Watch for the orange and black signs that give warnings and information.
- Slow down.
- Pay attention.
- Don't distract yourself with cell phones, navigation systems or radios.
- Respect the posted speed limits.
- Stay alert and increase your following distance behind other vehicles.
- Slow down.
- Be patient, cautious, and courteous.
- Use correct merging techniques when changing lanes.
- Use your turn signals.
- Turn on your lights to make your vehicle more visible.
- Watch for advance warning signs and postings.
- Respond promptly to flaggers and road workers.
- Stay in your lane.
- Be extra cautious near drop offs (they can cause you to lose control).
- Avoid abrupt driving maneuvers.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Turn on your emergency flashers if you must come to a full stop.
- Never respond to road ragers (give them plenty of space).
- Give road workers an extra "brake".
- Above all, slow down.
Remember, traffic fines double in construction work zones when workers are present.
Road and maintenance workers are doing their best to minimize motorist inconvenience. No matter how it seems to the motorist, road workers and flaggers are striving to improve traffic safety conditions, and it is up to the driver to be alert, aware, and responsive. Summer need not signal rising fatality rates on the highways if travelers and workers in the Cone Zone practice care, courtesy, safety and patience. Remember, practice safety, don't learn it by accident.