If you have a large fire, do not try and fight it yourself. Call 911 immediately.
Keep Fire Extinguishers inspected and charged at all times.
Make sure there are an adequate number of smoke detectors (usually one per room) and CO Detectors (usually one per floor) in your home, and make sure they are tested once a month. (Change Batteries every 6 months)
Remember EDITH is an acronym for Exit Drills In The Home.
Everyone should do the following:
Have a family meeting
Diagram two escape routes for daytime living and most importantly plan two for nighttime sleeping. (In an apartment building, locate the enclosed exit stairs.)
If you have babies or very small children, consider how you will get to them so you can carry them outside.
Choose a place outdoors where you will all meet.
Remind your children never to return to a burning building.
Make sure that escape routes work—that children can open windows, climb down ladders, or are able to lower themselves to the ground.
If you are helping your child, always lower them first as they might panic and be unable to follow you.
If the building you live in has security bars over the windows, at least one window must have bars that can be opened from the inside.
Spring/Summer FIRE Safety Tips:
BBQ'ing Season comes with HIGH RISK!!!
NEVER BBQ WHILE INDOORS
CHECK YOUR PROPANE TANKS FOR LEAKS OR CRACKED STEMS. (AND IF DAMAGE SWAP YOUR TANK)
NEVER BBQ CLOSE TO YOUR HOUSE. BBQ FIRES CAN LEAD TO A HOUSE FIRE.
CLEAN THE GREASE TRAP ON YOUR GRILL
KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND/OR GARDEN HOSE NEAR BY.
NEVER LEAVE A GRILL UNATTENDED.
NEVER DISCARD CHARCOALS INTO A PLASTIC GARBAGE CAN - METAL CANS ONLY (Leave can outside with lid on over night to cool down)
FIRE PIT'S / CHIMINEA
Never leave a Fire-pit or Chiminea unattended.
Place the Safety Lid over the fire-pit or chiminea to keep the ember's down.
Always have a water source close by when enjoying the Fire-pit
Be sure the Fire-pit or Chiminea is enclosed and the fire is small. (Town of Cortlandt does not Authorize OPEN BURNS.)
Be sure your Fire-pit or Chiminea is away from all standing structures and over head trees.
Make sure the Fire is Completely out before calling it a night.
BOATING FIRE SAFETY
Fuel-related fires happen most frequently-outnumbering other causes by two to one. Yet these are also the most avoidable, and using proven prevention techniques is free. When fueling your boat, follow the Coast Guard-recommended procedures.
-Close all hatches and other opening before fueling.
-Extinguish all smoking materials.
-Turn off engines, electrical equipment, radios, stoves, and other appliances.
-Remove all passengers.
-Keep the fill nozzle in contact with the tank and wipe up any spilled fuel.
-Open all ports, hatches, and doors to ventilate when finished.
-Run the blower for at least four minutes.
-Check the bilges for fuel vapors before starting the engine.
Keep all wire capped and protected from the elements
Inspect all wire before starting your new boating season (be sure no animal used your boat as winter storage and ate your wires)
Any smell of wires or smoke shut down all engines and call for HELP.
Inspect Your Boat before your first Journey
Front and Rear Marker Lights are in working condition
Life Jackets for ALL Occupants of the Vessel
Flare Gun with in-dated flares
Whistle/ Air Horn
Anchor with enough rope to cover the depths of your boating area.
Working CO Detector if you are deciding to Sleeping over with in your boat
Working and in-date Fire Extinguisher
Working Radio to call for Assistance if needed Coast Guard Channel 9 and/or 16 (Channel 68 is Talk around Channel)
NEVER hold more people then what the boat capacity is allowed to hold
FIRST TIME BOATER? Please take a US Coast Guard Course to learn the Rules of the Water. (See Links Listed Below)
If you have a pool at home, install a fence. The fence should be at least four-feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child's reach.
Supervision is a must. Follow the 10/20 rule when you're at the pool. The 10/20 rule states the supervising adult needs to position themselves to be able to scan the pool within 10 seconds and reach the water within 20 seconds.
Always check the pool first if a child is missing. Child drowning is often a silent death that alerts no one with splashes or yells for help. Many drowning accidents happen when children have been missing for less than five minutes.
Empty small wading pools after children are done playing and remove all toys. Infants can drown in just a few inches of water. Pool toys may attract children to the pool when it is unattended.
Teach your child to swim, but remember that younger children shouldn't be left unsupervised around water even if they know how to swim.
Have a phone poolside and learn CPR in case of emergencies.
Weather Safety Tips
Lightning Lightning is a threat anywhere thunderstorms occur. If you hear thunder, it is time to take shelter. When inside: - Avoid using the telephone, or other electrical appliances. - Do not take a bath or shower, or stand near plumbing. If caught outdoors: - Seek shelter in a sturdy building. A hard-top automobile can also offer protection. - If you are boating or swimming, get out of the water and move to a safe shelter on land. - If you are in a wooded area, seek shelter under a thick growth of relatively small trees. - If you feel your hair standing on end, squat with your head between your knees. Do not lie flat! - Avoid isolated trees or other tall objects, water, fences, convertible cars, tractors and motorcycles.
Heat Index Chart: Know the Dangers - NOAA's National Weather Service
(Boating Safety For All Ages)link was provided to us by a community member Kylie Lang who used our website to find a boaters safety course and while attending this class, she was doing research on boating safety and came across this information page and would like to share it with the rest of our community. Thank You Kylie
If you have any links you would like to share with us to further assist our community please provide it to us and we will be happy to share.