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National Preparedness Month

FYI - You may find the information below about National Preparedness Month to be helpful when planning topics for safety meetings or toolbox talks in September.

"September is National Preparedness Month. This year the theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Each week has a theme and FEMA has provided materials you can share on your website and social media outlets.

All the assets are available on the National Preparedness Month webpage.

Flooding and power outages resources

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI) has resources you can share with your community if you have experienced the flooding in the Mid-West and East coast.

Flooding can occur anywhere, but water and electricity don’t mix. Because electrical hazards may linger after flood waters recede, it’s important to take precautions before, during, and after flooding takes place.

Reduce the Risk

Follow any directives to turn off utilities. If you’re advised to switch off the main power source to your home, flip each breaker and THEN turn off the main breaker. You may also need to shut off the main valve for your home’s gas and water

DO NOT go near any downed power lines especially if there is standing water nearby

If your home experienced flooding, keep the power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety

Have an electrician inspect electrical appliances that have been wet, and do not turn on or plug in appliances unless an electrician tells you it is safe

A trained professional may be able to recondition some devices while others will require replacement

Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface

Before you use a generator, make sure you know the potential dangers, such as their production of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless poisonous gas that is called the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without the use of technology like CO alarms. Follow these tips to generate power AND safety when using a generator.

Tips for the Proper Installation and use of Generators:

NEVER operate a generator INSIDE your home or in other enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces, including GARAGES

A generator is a TEMPORARY power source and should never be used as a permanent solution

NEVER connect generators directly to household wiring without first installing a TRANSFER SWITCH. This prevents backfeeding which could electrocute utility workers making repairs

Make sure your generator is properly grounded and used with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

Use only extension cords that have a THREE-PRONGED plug and are rated for the intended load

Your home generator should be installed by a QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN and bear the mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, Intertek, or CSA

Install battery-operated CO ALARMS or plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup install the home

Do NOT OVERLOAD the generator

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends generators be positioned at least 20 FEET from doors, windows, and vents to prevent CO from entering the home

Join the fight!

Have you joined Fire is Everyone's Fight?

Fire is Everyone's Fight is a national initiative to unite the fire service, life safety organizations and professionals in an effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention.

Join the Fight and use the materials to educate your communities about the importance of fire prevention.

If you have any questions email Teresa Neal.

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