Emergency Management

Be Prepared for the Holiday Season


Individual and Community Preparedness eBrief

u s d h s f e m a

November, 2019

In this issue:

         Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

         Stay Safe: Wildfires Can Happen Anywhere, Anytime

         Is the 鈥淚nvisible Killer鈥 in Your Home?

         Prepare to Apply for a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award

         Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Webinar: Sharing Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

         Important Dates to Remember



Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

Keep candles 12 inches from things that can burnEntertaining and celebrating with family and friends is what the holiday season is all about. 


This year, take some time to learn about potential fire hazards related to cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices.


Keep your holiday parties safe with these https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/holiday.html">U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell your guests about your https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/escape.html">home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures like frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Ask people who smoke to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them, so young children do not touch them.
  • Keep doorways and exit paths clear of furniture and decorations.


Find more holiday and fire safety information on the USFA https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/holiday.html">Holiday Safety page.




Stay Safe: Wildfires Can Happen Anywhere, Anytime

Wildfire Graphichttps://www.fema.gov/blog/2017-12-06/southern-california-fire-update">With several active wildfires affecting the Western United States, it is important to know how to stay safe with information and resources from Prepareathon鈩.


Wildfires can happen anywhere in the country and at any time of year. If you see a wildfire approaching, call 911 to report the fire. Do not assume that someone else reported it and follow these tips from https://community.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire-en_us/be-smart?lang=en_US">Prepareathon鈥檚 How to Prepare for a Wildfire Guide:


If ordered to evacuate:

  • Leave immediately.
  • Help firefighters, if there is time before you leave. Some of the things to help include closing up the house and leaving lights on for visibility, as well as moving flammable materials to the center of the home, away from windows. You can also leave hoses connected to a water source, so they are available for the fire department.
  • Text SHELTER and your ZIP code (e.g., SHELTER 20472) to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area. Follow local media for more information on shelters.


If trapped in your home:

  • Call 9-1-1 and provide your location, if possible. Please be aware that during a major event such as a wildfire, emergency services may be overwhelmed, and a response may be delayed or impossible.
  • Turn on the lights to increase the visibility of your home in heavy smoke.
  • Keep doors, windows, vents, and fire screens closed.
  • Keep your doors unlocked.
  • Move flammable materials (e.g., curtains, furniture) away from windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with water to assist in dousing small smoldering fires, which may pop up.
  • Stay inside, away from outside walls and windows.


For more information on wildfire safety, review https://community.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire-en_us/be-smart?lang=en_US">Prepareathon鈥檚 How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide, or watch the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWhTdfHQWqs">When the Fire Starts video. You can also read about https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/as-wildfires-rip-through-southern-california-heres-how?utm_term=.cpQJAbw3zE#.ip6JGjEywg">California鈥檚 use of FEMA鈥檚 Wireless Emergency Alerts during the recent wildfires.  





Is the 鈥淚nvisible Killer鈥 in Your Home?

Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.Carbon monoxide (CO) is the 鈥渋nvisible killer鈥 because it is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas.


According to the https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/carbon_monoxide.html">U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning from household products, like generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented, fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.


Breathe easy this winter and avoid CO poisoning with these USFA tips:

  • Install and maintain CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide an early warning of CO.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.


Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning and other CO safety information on the USFA https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/carbon_monoxide.html">Carbon Monoxide Safety page.









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