Educate Yourself on Safety Hazards
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) provides members of the community, service professionals and responders with comprehensive information addressing electrical or fire hazards and other life safety needs. Part of their goal is educating both residential and commercial interests, but they also establish standards for ensuring public safety. One of these standards includes recommendations for scheduling fire hydrant testing. Assessing the flow of hydrant is one aspect of assisting fire departments with effective emergency responses.
Safety Information During Winter Storms
In addition to supporting the fire departments and responders will tools to improve their services, informing the public of safety concerns is another priority of NFPA. Portable generators can be a fire hazard if not properly used or stored. During temporary power outages, many people turn to generators for help with heating, lights or food preparation. Safety tips include limiting use to a well-ventilated space outside and never in a closed garage. Keep generator exhaust fumes away from doors and windows, and install carbon monoxide alarms within your home. Store generator fuel in proper containers and keep them out of the living space. Never refuel your generator when it is still hot from use.
Disaster can also strike your home or business, as seen in hurricanes that have devastated the coastal communities, uncontrolled wildfires and terrible destruction in the aftermath of massive earthquakes. The NFPA has developed a checklist as a starting point for preparedness, but they have also crafted presentations that can be used to rally your community for a group effort during a response. The power of a community can do wonders to combat the devastation of a disaster, and having a plan in place prior to needing one can make a difference in a time-sensitive situation.
Staying informed is one way to stay ahead of life-threatening hazards. While first responders are there to help, being prepared might save your life.