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This Fall, "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery"
For the past 22 years, the International Fire Chiefs Association and Energizer have worked together to remind communities across the country about the importance of fire safety through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program.
This fall, the program urges people to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time on Nov. 1.
More than 6,000 fire departments, including the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, use this program to reach out to their communities with this life-saving information. Thanks to them, Change Your Clock Change Your Battery is among the best-known fire-safety programs in the nation.
Holiday Safety for Lighting
The winter holiday season is upon us and unfortunately, it is also a time of increased fire potential because of, electrical lighting and Christmas trees. The following suggestions are to assist in reducing the chance of a fire.
- Check your light strings for wear or damage and replace any worn sets before hanging them for the season.
- Use only approved lighting. Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
- Ensure all electric lights and connections are secure.
- Turn off all lights when leaving your home or retiring for the night.
- NEVER use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree.
- Hang outdoor lights with the bulb pointing down to prevent moisture from entering the sockets.
"Know When To Go - React Fast To Fire"
Halloween Fire Safety Tips
Historically, property damage, injury and death rates increase on holidays. Observation of the following safety precautions will help make this Halloween more fire safe.
- Use flashlights to light jack-o-lanterns, not candles.
- Never cover light bulbs with paper or other combustible materials.
- All paper and cloth used for decorations should be made flame retardant.
- Keep corn stalk decorations away from fire.
- Use only flame-retardant paper or fabric for costumes, as loose, frilly costumes can catch fire easily and burn quickly.
- Please remember a complete fire protection program includes smoke alarms and home escape plans.
"EDUCATION IS THE ANSWER TO FIRE PREVENTION"
Protect Yourself from Heat Exposure
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more Americans are killed by excessive heat exposure annually than hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Currently, an average of 300 people die every year in America from exposure to heat.
So when you are working outside in the yard, watching children at the park, or exercising along the many trails in Rolla, take care of yourself by following these precautions to avoid dehydration, misery or, even worse, heat illness.
- Slow down. Your heart rate may be significantly higher during hot weather as your body sends more blood to your skin to cool you off. As a result, it won't take you long to get hot, especially during the first 30 minutes outdoors.
- Drink more water. Drink at least 12 oz. of water an hour before you plan on being outside and then keep on sipping, about 6-8 oz. every 30 minutes or so. Be sure to carry water with you.
- Wear plenty of sun protection. Wear a hat with a visor, light-colored clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Work in the morning or at night. It's typically cooler in the morning and after the sun goes down. Physical activity and exercising between noon and 5-6 p.m. is probably the worst idea, so take care if you schedule workouts in the afternoon. 5. Take care of the pooch. Don't forget to take care of your animals, too. Make sure they has some cold water to drink and wet down paws if you'll be traveling on a hot surface.