Safety Tips To Prepare For Next Storm
By Battalion Chief Keith Grierson
March 4, 2018

Power back on? It’s a great time to get ready for the next storm. To reduce fire risk and loss during a power outage, the Skippack Fire Company offers the following safety tips:

Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out unless they have battery back-ups. Make sure your home has battery-backed up smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. It is a great idea to replace batteries after a prolonged power outage.

Everyone should know how to get out immediately if there is a fire. Plan and practice your escape plan before emergencies happen. Be sure all exits are accessible and clear of snow, ice and debris.

Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles or hurricane lamps. If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover them with a glass chimney, away from children and pets.

Propane and charcoal barbecues are for outdoor use only. Do not bring them inside.

Purchase generators with recognized approval labels. Make sure the unit has proper connection receptacles and circuit breakers.
Portable generators should only be used outdoors and carefully located to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home. Allow the generator to cool before refueling. Refuel the generator outside, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Store fuel for the generator in approved containers, outside the home.

Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Provide adequate ventilation by opening a window slightly while the heater is in use. Before refueling, turn off the heater, wait for it to cool and take the heater outside to refuel.

Make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored.

Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Co detectors every 7 years.
Stay safe and be prepared!

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