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One of the biggest problems
emergency service workers face is the driving public. Many have been
injured or killed by inattentive drivers and drivers under the influence.
How would you feel if you injured or killed someone because you were
talking on your cell phone or otherwise not paying attention to your
driving? It happens every day, and is easily preventable, do your part,
PAY ATTENTION while driving.
Halloween Safety Tips Brought to you by the N.H. State Fire Marshal.
For info on Carbon Monoxide, it's dangers, and how you can protect your
here for more info on fire extinguishers
- Use a fire extinguisher only after people have left the house and
the fire department has been called.
- Fire extinguishers come in many sizes and types. When choosing one, be
sure you know what kind of fires you expect to put out with it.
NFPA recommends buying only fire extinguishers tested in accordance
with the American National Standards Institute guidelines. Testing
information is included on the label.
- Keep extinguishers where they are readily available and easily
accessible to all family members, and make sure everyone knows how to use
- Inspect your fire extinguishers frequently and refill if necessary.
Picture this: It’s time to cut the lawn again. You go
into the garage to get your mower ready. You check the mower’s oil level and
see that it needs some engine oil. So you pour in some oil and wipe up the
minor spillage with an old rag. Then you toss the rag into a pail, wheel the
lawnmower out of the garage, and proceed to cut the grass.
Minimum protection, install a smoke detector outside of each bedroom in your home,
ideally you should have detectors on every level of your home.
Keep your bedroom doors
closed while you are asleep.
Test your detectors once a week to
ensure they are operating properly.
When you change your clocks for
daylight savings, change the batteries in your smoke detectors, use only the batteries recommended by the detector manufacturer.
If you have gas appliances
or any wood burning devices such as wood or pellet stoves in your home, you
should also install CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors and follow the
maintenance and testing schedule as outlined in the detector manual.
For more info
on smoke detectors, click
Ever wonder how smoke detectors work?
here to find out.
Heating with wood
does entail some hazards, but many fires do not involve flue fires,
a large fire hazard comes from people taking out the ashes! An
incredible number of people every year remove the ashes from the
stove, put them into a cardboard box, then put the box on the back
porch or steps.
Wood ashes are amazing in
their insulating ability. In the old days people used to save some coals
in a tin box full of ashes, the "tinder box." Coals would keep overnight,
then were placed by tinder, a bellows blown at the coal, and the tinder
would burst into flame. Small sticks would then be added, then larger
pieces of wood, and soon a good fire was going. Before the fire died out
some hot coals were placed back into the "tinder box" for use for the next
day's fire. This system was not perfect, and neighbors shared coals at
times, but it was way ahead of whatever was in second place.
When a cardboard box is
used to discard ashes,
over a short time the hot ash heats up the cardboard, it starts burning, then the floor of the
porch becomes involved, and 911 gets dialed. Bad news indeed.
Another problem comes from
using shop vac's to clean out ashes, the vacuum is fired up to remove the
wood ashes, the incredible draft generated by the shop vac would make a
blacksmith's forge melt from sheer fright. Even minuscule embers become
incredibly hot, creating an intense fire hazard that can quickly melt the
plastic vent fitting and begin emitting hot flaming particles into the
Use a metal bucket with a bail handle (like a 5 gallon galvanized garbage
can), take it outside away from any structures and place it on bricks or
concrete for a couple of days. Because the ash bucket can get rained on,
punch a couple of nail holes through the side near the bottom to drain
Click here to visit the United
States Fire Administration's kid's fire safety page, you'll find
information on smoke alarms, escape planning, home fire safety, plus related
Sparky to visit his webpage, there you'll
find fire safety info and games for kids.
||On Friday, December 15
Amtrak commenced the
running of the Downeaster
Passenger Rail Service from Boston, MA to Portland, ME. This is a high speed train that crosses two grades (roads) in
and travels on unprotected track,
meaning anyone can
walk onto the tracks at certain locations.
This train will be traveling much faster than the current freight trains
that you are used to, and the crossing gates may drop before you
can see or hear the approaching train, so use extra caution when
traversing the grades, and do not drive around lowered
gates. For more information on railroad grade
crossing and right of way safety, visit the
Weather Radio (NWR) is a
nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather
information direct from a nearby
National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather
Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24
hours a day.
Working with the
Federal Communication Commission's (FCC)
Emergency Alert System, NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, making
it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information.
NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of
hazards--both natural (such as earthquakes and volcano activity) and
environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills).
Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided
as a public service by the
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the
Department of Commerce. NWR includes more than
850 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
NWR requires a
special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal.
Broadcasts are found in the public service band at these seven frequencies
here for the NOAA Weather Radio page
United States Fire Administration
An entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the
United States Fire Administration is to reduce life and economic losses
due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy,
coordination and support. We serve the Nation independently, in
coordination with other Federal agencies, and in partnership with fire
protection and emergency service communities. Below are some links to
important information that everyone should know, each link will open in a
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