Health & Safety

January 25, 2013

Safety tips for winter fires

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel

More fires occur during the winter months than at any other time. Fortunately, taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Follow the safety tips below to help ensure your safety:

 

Portable Heaters

  • Put at least three feet of empty space between the heater and everything else
  • Vacuum and clean the dust and lint from all heaters
  • If the cord gets hot, frayed or cracked, have the heater serviced
  • Never use extension cords with portable electric heater
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving or sleeping
  • An adult should always be present when anyone is using a space heater around children
  • Make sure your portable electric heater is UL approved and has a tip-over shut off function

 

Woodstove and Fireplace Safety

  • Have a certified chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace
  • Place ashes outdoors in a covered metal container at least three feet away from anything that burns.
  • To prevent flue fires, burn dry, well-seasoned wood.
  • Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass. If children are present, use a special child-guard screen

 

Generators

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You cannot see or smell it. A generator’s exhaust contains poisonous CO, which can kill you in a matter of minutes. Follow these important generator safety tips:

  • Never use a portable generator inside a home, garage, shed or other partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open
  • Place portable generators outside only, far away from the home. Keep the generator away from openings to the home, including doors, windows, and vents
  • Read the label on the generator and the owner’s manual, and follow the instructions
  • Install CO alarms with battery backup in the home outside each sleeping area
  • Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. CO poisoning from exposure to generator exhaust can quickly lead to incapacitation and death
  • Be sure generator fuel is properly and safely stored
  • Always refuel the generator outdoors and away from any ignition sources
  • If you choose to have a generator permanently connected to your home’s electrical system, make sure a licensed electrician installs it and be sure to notify your electric company

 

Candles

  • Place candles in sturdy, fireproof candleholders where they cannot be knocked over
  • Make sure all candles are out before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of children’s reach
  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, evergreen clippings, decorations, presents, and wrapping paper

 

Smoke Alarms and Home Escape Plans

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom
  • Test and vacuum your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working
  • Smoke alarms 10 years old or older need to be replaced with new units
  • Know two ways out of every room
  • Practice your escape plan with your whole family at least twice a year
  • Do not attempt to go back into a burning home

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs October 24, 2014

M4/M9 Firing Range closure The Edwards AFB Combat Arms Firing Range is closed for M4 and M9 firing until further notice. Any required firing for PCS or deployments will temporarily be accomplished at March ARB, Calif. To schedule training, contact the Combat Arms section at 661-277-2103. It is strongly recommended that all firing be scheduled as soon...
 
 
town-hall

Edwards community holds town hall meeting

Air Force photograph by Jena Romo Col. Eric Leshinksy, 412th Mission Support Group commander, addresses the audience at a town hall meeting Oct. 15 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. The Edwards community gathered at th...
 
 
Instagram by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs

Online vigilance helps reduce risk

Instagram by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs The Air Force reminds us not to post information about deployment departures, locations, and on-going operations. However, even a simple photo of your family pet can reveal personal informat...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Gathering of Eagles honors 70 years of TPS

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, offered the closing remarks for the event, reminding the audience that fundraiser is about preparing for the future. The Flight Test Hi...
 
 
commissary

Giving ‘gift of groceries’? Think Commissary gift cards

No matter the occasion, Commissary gift cards are always available to help family members, friends and organizations give the gift of groceries. “Our gift cards are versatile,” said Randy Chandler, the Defense Commi...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Christian Turner

AFMC command chief visits with Edwards Airmen

Air Force photograph by Christian Turner Chief Master Sgt. Michael J. Warner, Air Force Materiel Command command chief, speaks to enlisted Airmen at Club Muroc Oct. 15. Warner held two enlisted calls speaking to junior Airmen i...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>