Citizens can do many things to increase the fire safety readiness
of their homes. These include:
Regularly Check Smoke Alarms
Overload Circuits - do not place cords
and wires under rugs or in high traffic areas
Follow Manufacturer's Directions - Overheating,
unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that appliances need to
be shut off, then replaced or repaired
Use Safety Caps - cover unused outlets,
especially if there are small children in the home
Practice Generator Safety - Keep anything
combustible at least three feet away
Have a Fire Escape Plan - Practice an escape plan
from every room of the home or business; Ensure family members of all ages have
an emergency phone number and alternate meeting spot memorized.
About 230 people die each year from CO poisoning related to fuel burning
household appliances, such as furnaces, space heaters, water heaters, clothes
dryers, kitchen ranges, wood stoves and fireplaces. Each year, approximately 25
people die and hundreds more suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning when they
burn charcoal in enclosed areas such as their homes - in a bedroom or living
room for heat or cooking. Some also burn charcoal in campers or vans, or in
tents. When inhaled, carbon monoxide, a tasteless, odorless gas, is easily
absorbed into the blood. The gas is lethal when it replaces the amount of
oxygen needed to sustain heart and brain function. Symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning include headaches, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and nausea,
are often dismissed as a "touch of the flu," even by doctors.
Pay attention to hazard signs
Ignoring them threatens life and property, and can result in enforcement action
Avoid wide, open areas such as fields, but don't huddle
with others. Spread out at least 15 feet apart.
Don't stand near trees or tall poles. Get at least 7 feet
away from tall objects.
If you are in a
lightning strike zone, get to the lowest
point of ground you can, and kneel or squat to minimize your contact points
with the ground. Do not lie flat. This will make you a bigger target.
Remove steel-toed boots or shoes with metal spikes.
Avoid metal objects such as lawn mowers, pipes, golf carts
Lighting can move
through a home's plumbing, attracted to
the metal or water. Avoid using sinks and showers.
If you're out on the water, get to land. If you're in a
pool, get out.
Never swim when
thunder or lightning is present.
wiring attracts lightning. Avoid using the
telephone, except for emergencies.
computers, TV's and other delicate electronic
equipment. Consider attaching surge protectors to such equipment.
Stay away from windows during strong winds. Tree limbs and
other wind-borne objects can be a hazard.
Rain reduces traction and causes tires to hydroplane. Slow
your speed accordingly.
Water on roads may
be deeper than it looks. Watch for
vehicles traveling too fast. They can throw up blinding sheets of water.
Never try to help someone trapped
by a power
line. You endanger your own safety. Instead, call 911 immediately.
Stay at least 100 feet away.
If the power line has fallen on your car while you're in
it, don't touch anything metal in the car, and stay inside until professional
Learn CPR and make sure that
everyone in your
home know what to do in case of a pool emergency. Every second counts when it
comes to drowning.
Learn to swim.
Teach children to swim.
Never swim alone.
Never allow children to be near a pool or any water source
Never swim while under the influence of
Never swim when
thunder or lightning is present.
in approved areas.
Wear a Coast Guard
approved PFD (personal floatation
device) when boating, skiing or any other water sports. Air filled devices
(inner tubes) are NOT approved PFDs.
depth of the water with the lifeguard (if avalible)
before jumping in.
Never dive into
unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water.
Know where your children are at all times.
Always have a designated child watcher. A responsible adult
should always watch children during all activities in or near water.
Don't assume that children who know how to swim don't need
supervision. Accidents can happen to anyone, no matter what age or swimming
Don't assume that
someone is watching. Just because there
are adults present doesn't mean they are watching the swimmers. Adults
socializing might not even notice that a child is in trouble until it's too
Floaties don't take the place of supervision.
There is NO
substitute for adult supervision.
If you leave
the pool area, take the children with you.
Most child drowning incidents occur when an adult
"just walked away for a few seconds."
Have life-saving devices near the pool and know how to use
it. A pole, rope and personal flotation device are recommended.
Do not allow children to play around the pool.
Remove all toys from the pool and deck area after every use
so that children are not attracted to them and tempted to gain access to the
Just having a pool on your property is
a potential drowning
hazard, even when there are no swimming activities.
Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the
Keep large objects such as tables, chairs,
ladders away from pool fences.
Post the 9-1-1
number on the phone.
citizens must prepare for emergencies and take proper precautions in using
equipment before, during and after a storm. Visit NOLA Ready for
additional hurricane preparedness information.
Storm: Prepare Your Home
Keep all trees and shrubs
well-trimmed and clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
Bring in all outside
furniture, decorations, garbage cans, etc.
Turn off propane tanks.
with water for cleaning and flushing toilets.
Put copies of important
documents in a waterproof, portable container in an easily accessible location
Check NOLA Ready for full
preparedness tips and information
Storm: Keep Your House Safe from Fires
Operate generators in well
ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
exhaust fumes cannot enter homes through windows, doors or other building
Do not refuel
while they are running.
off and let
them cool before refueling.
hot and will cause severe burns if not handled with caution.
Do not store gas or
flammable liquids in your home.
Never try to power the house with a generator
(back feeding); this is an extremely dangerous practice and could overload
circuitry and burn down your home.
always a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when using portable generators that
are not well ventilated. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless,
invisible, poison gas. Every year, 1,500 people die of CO poisoning and
10,000 others need medical attention because of it. CO poisoning is a real
threat, one that you cannot see, smell, or taste, but that you can prevent.
Keep candles at least 1
foot away from things that can catch fire, like clothing, books and
Use candle holders
sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn, and
are large enough to collect dripping wax.
Keep candles and open
flames from flammable liquids.
leave candles or
kerosene lamps burning unattended or within the reach of small children or
leaving home or going to bed.
After a Storm
Use extreme caution going
out of doors. Be ready for broken glass, and damage to building foundations,
streets and bridges, and coastal or hillside erosion.
Stay away from downed power
TV, or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
Watch for closed roads. If
you come upon a barricade or a flooded road turn around.
If you evacuated, do not
return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.