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… Using Space Heaters to supplement your home heating this year?

How to Use a Space Heater Safely

Half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February. Our experts, as well as the pros at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Association, offer the following safety tips:

    • Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. They are intended to sit on the floor and not a table.
    • Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child’s room.
    • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from such combustible materials as furniture, bedding, and curtains.
    • Don’t use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
    • Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
    • Unplug the heater when not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
    • Don’t plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater, which can cause overheating.
    • Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and test them monthly.

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Firefighters in Haz Mat Suits during multi agency drill

The New Reality for Firefighters…

The world we live in today has changed the face of what it is to be a firefighter. In the photos below firefighters from the Iona McGregor Fire District took part in a multi agency drill in the City of Ft myers. The idea is to recreate a major incident in practice which gives our personnel opportunity to work with surrounding countywide organizations for potential response to emergency events which would otherwise overwhelm any one responding locality.Continue Reading The New Reality for Firefighters…

Fire is Everyone’s Fight

BE SAFE WITH REAL TREES… !!!

PLEASE…. be careful when choosing and using a real Christmas Tree
Each year tragedy strikes when families become careless or
neglect simple safety rules for real trees.
Here are tips to prevent this very preventable type of residential fire.

Choose fresh over cheap and dry. The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hazard. Look for flexible needles that don’t break, and a trunk with sap.
Keep the water coming. The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling by kids or pets.
Don’t choke the cord. Attach only three maximum strings of lights to any one extension cord, then place cords along walls to prevent a tripping hazard. Never run them under rugs or carpets.
Trees don’t need warmth. Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even a TV.
Not any lights will do. Use low energy, safe lighting that’s been certified by a safety testing lab. Don’t use damaged or frayed cords.
Shut the lights.Never leave the lights on overnight. Same goes for any appliances not in use when you are home or away.
Don’t keep a dry tree around. Dispose of it at this point properly. Don’t even keep it in the garage.
Artificial tree safety awareness. Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal for an approved safety testing laboratory if the tree contains a built-in lighting set.
Death by artificial tree. If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure everyone knows its location and how to use it.

Iona Firefighters Training / Atrium 1

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Making and installing Plywood Shutters

If your home is not protected by impact-resistant windows and doors or impact-resistant shutters or panels, consider building your own temporary emergency panels.

Making and installing Plywood Shutters