Tornado Fire Safety

To all property owners and emergency response personnel impacted by the recent tornadoes in the midwest and southern regions of the USA. Extra precautions should be taken to address fire hazards during the tornado rescue, recovery, and rebuild  efforts. Heres a quick breakdown of tips as posted from the Dept. of Homeland Security Website. http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/tornado.pdf

Fire Hazards

  • Leaky gas lines, gas tanks, propane tanks, and vehicle gas tanks could ignite or explode.   Identify and potential areas and address immediately.
  • Broken, severed electrical wire can ignite debris.  Maintain a safe distance away from electrical wire and outlets. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a minimum 3 ft. separation.
  • Appliance and standing water can be electrically charged.  Assume that they are electrically charged until confirmed otherwise.
  • Emergency generators should be operated and maintained  as required per manufacturer guidelines.
  • Repair or discard all appliances that can emit sparks,heat, or smoke.
Chemical Hazards
  • Clean all spills from combustible/flammable liquids (gas,paints,thinner,alcohol,etc.). Make sure all liquids are in safe containers and adequately ventilated.
  • Do not store any combustible/flammable liquids near any heat source or  potential ignition source (heaters,boilers,generators,appliances,electrical outlet,etc,.)
Electrical Hazards
  • Assume that all wires on the ground are electrically charged including tv cable.
  • Replace all loose, frayed, or severed wiring on appliances, electrical surge protectors, extension cords, etc.
  • Exposed wiring and outlets could be charged and a potential ignition source to start fire.  No combustibles/flammables should be stored nearby.
  • Appliance emitting smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.
  • A licensed electrician should be hired to check for damage and prior to occupancy.
Gas Hazards
  • Smell and listen for leaky gas connections.  If there are any signs of leaks immediately leave the premises and doors open.   Notify the utility company.
  • Do not strike matches. Do not turn on any lights or appliances, small sparks can cause explosions
  • Before turning on any gas systems have it checked by a licensed professional
Generator Safety
  • Follow all manufacturer guidelines as required
  • Do not use generators inside the home.  Carbon dioxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm occupants indoors.
  • Use adequately sized power cords for electric load.  Overloaded cords can heat up and be a potential ignition source for fires.
  • Do not run power cords under  rugs or carpets where Des tables de Roulette et blackjack sans oublier du baccarat sont accessibles a tout moment de la journee et de la nuit. heat can build up or cause damage to a cord.
  • Do not connect generators to another power line.  Reverse flow of electricity  (backfeed) can electrocute utility workers.
Heating Hazards
  • Kerosene heaters may not be legal in your area and should only be used when approved by local codes and ordinances.
  • Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat the home. In addition to a potential fire hazard it could be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Heaters need a minimum 3 ft. clearance away from any type of combustibles.
  • Heaters should have “tip” switches that automatically shut off when tipped over.
  • Only use fuel as recommended by the heater manufacturer.
  • Never refill a space heater during operation or when hot.
  • Refuel heaters outdoors only.
  • Wood stoves should be checked to be properly installed with a minimum 3 ft. clearance away from any combustibles.
  • Glass or metal screens should be used in front of fireplaces to prevent sparks from igniting nearby carpet, furniture, or other combustibles.
Always remember the following:
  • Be careful using candles.  Keep flames away from combustible objects and children.
  • Check smoke alarms which could be dependent on your electrical service. Check batteries and install new at least once a year.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the house and inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
  • If you have a fire hydrant near your home, it should be kept clear of debris and landscaping
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  1. Very good information here…thank you for sharing!
    Sandra :)

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