7 Fire & Life Safety Issues During Power Outages

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7 Fire & Life Safety issues during power outages from the Maryland State Fire Marshal
               
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  1. Use flashlights during power outages instead of candles. Keep plenty of fresh batteries on hand at all times. If you prefer the look of candles, consider flameless battery operated candles that offer the flickering light without the potential fire hazard.                           
  2. If using candles, make sure they are placed on a stable piece of furniture in sturdy holders that will not tip over. Candles should fit in the holders securely and the holders should be made of material that will not burn.
  3. Keep candles away from anything combustible, such as; clothing, books, papers, curtains, decorations or anything else that can burn.           
  4. Do not place candles where they can be knocked over by children or pets.   
  5. Always extinguish all candles when leaving the room or before going to sleep.                               
  6. Never use candles, matches or lighters if medical oxygen therapy is used in the home.                                           
  7. If you are depending on portable generators for electricity during power outages, use extreme caution when refueling. Fuel splashed on a hot muffler could ignite, causing severe burns and serious injuries.

The State Fire Marshal offers one final tip that is just as important. “Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These early notification devices are some of the most effective fire and life safety tools for preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning”.


For additional information and resources:
5 Important Portable Generator Tips
National Safety Council generator safety tips
National Weather Service
City of Westminster, MD                
Office of Public Safety Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CCOPSSS
Carroll County Government Website: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/default.asp
Carroll County Government Twitter: @CarrollCoMD
Carroll County Access Channel 24

 

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