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December 2012 December 2012

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Safety Educator

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it seems that there is never enough time to get everything done. It’s important to make sure that safety doesn’t get left off the To Do List: during the holiday season fires cause more than $18 million in property damage and holiday decorating injuries send more than 13,000 to the emergency room. Help keep your family safe this season with these quick simple steps! 1. WATER Water Water your tree – dry trees pose a fire risk, make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree into a sturdy stand and water daily

2. Check Your Lights, Check Them Twice Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard

“two ways out” from every room in the house 4. Sleep Safe: Install carbon monoxide alarms – be sure that at least one carbon monoxide alarm is installed on each floor of your home, and always close to sleeping areas 5. Be Flame Aware – always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to stay away from lit candles and fireplaces

Check for frayed wires that may pose hazard



3. Plan Your Fire Escape – use the holidays as a good time to practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones. Identify your

6. Give Wrapping Paper a Second Life – don’t burn used wrapping paper as it may cause intense flash fires. And throwing it out adds waste. Consider recycling
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Toy Safety
Parents and gift-givers can help prevent toy-related injuries and deaths by always reading labels and being safety conscious. The following tips will help you choose appropriate toys this holiday season -- and all year round:

* Select toys to suit the and all children who still
age, abilities, skills and mouth objects, avoid toys interest level of the in- with small parts which could pose a fatal choking tended child. * Toys too advanced hazard. may pose safety hazards * For all children under age 9, avoid toys that to younger children. have sharp edges and * For infants, toddlers, points. ~ Continued pg 2


Inside this issue:
Candle Safety Tips for Kids Safe Holidays ...continued Toy Safety ...continued Home Heating Safety During Cold Months Winter Storm Preparedness 2 2 2 3 4 4

Coming in Next Issue:
• Residential Sprinklers • Dryer Fires • Fall Prevention • Burn Awareness

S af et y Educat o r

Learn and Practice Fire & Life Safety Skills for Kids
Hey Kids! Sparky the Dog here and I want to remind you about candle safety during the holidays! ing a candle, remind the grown up that they were left behind and that they should be put in a safe place. not to walk too close to it so that it isn’t bumped and knocked over.

• Candles need adult supervision. You should never try to light a candle without an adult there to help you. • If an adult does light a candle, they should never leave you alone in the room with the candle burning. If they do remind them “Hey there’s a candle burning in here don’t forget!” • If anyone ever leaves matches or a lighter lying around after light-

• Candles should always be placed in a sturdy candleholder on a solid surface that won’t burn. And up high enough so that kids and pets can’t reach them. • Candles should never be placed near a window because wind could blow the curtains into the flame. • Remember a candle is a small fire. If paper, books, napkins, curtains or anything that could catch fire gets near it may cause a house fire. •
If you see a candle burning, try

• Unless it’s your birthday it’s not a good idea to blow a candle out. It’s much safer to use a candle quencher, or snuffer. See if you have one in your house for the grown up to use next time.

Safe Holidays cont…
7. Check Extension Cords – do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug more than the recommended wattage should also not block any doorways or exits 9. Decorate With A Safe Eye – cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples. Small 8. Steer Your Tree Clear – your tree decorations can be chokshould be positioned at least three ing hazards so keep them feet away from fireplaces, radiaout of the reach of toddlers tors and other heat sources. It 10. Look for UL Mark – the Underwriters Laboratory mark UL on a product means that samples of that For Additional Information product have been check out these sites: tested to the highest safety dards. Make sure to look for it to help keep your holidays safe and bright.

Toy Safety cont...
* Do not purchase electric toys
with heating elements for children under age 8.

* Check instructions for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when appropriate, to the child. * Discard plastic wrappings and
other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.

* Be a label reader. Look for labels
that give age recommendations and use information as a guide.

tention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging. Consumers can check any gift bought and received for safety recalled toys or products on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website:

*Look for sturdy construction, such
as tightly secured eyes, noses, and other potential choking hazards.

* Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay at-

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Home Heating Safety During the Cold Months
There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Be warm and safe this winter! Follow these safety tips in your home regardless of what type of heating system you use: ►Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater ►Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. ►Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. ►Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. ►Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. ►Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. ►Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Visit:

►Never use your oven to heat your home.

Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy roads, downed trees and power lines can all accompany winter storms. Communication lines can be cut off, and access to emergency and medical services may be severely limited once extreme weather hits a region. It's important to know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm:

BEFORE: ● Have your car winterized. This includes quality winter tires. ●Go to to learn how to prepare a family disaster supplies kit. ●Prepare your home for the winter months. Install storm windows and shutters and insulate attics and walls. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows and wrap pipes with insulation. Learn how to disconnect gas, water, and electric power in case you must evacuate your home.

DURING… A winter storm watch means conditions are right for a severe storm to develop within 36 to 48 hours. Avoid going outside or traveling -the safest place to be during a winter storm is indoors. During a winter storm watch: ●Listen to the radio or TV for the latest weather information. ● Review your family's disaster plan. ● Watch for changing weather conditions. A winter storm warning means a lifethreatening severe winter storm has begun or will begin within 24 hours. A blizzard warning is issued when conditions are likely to produce deep drifts, life-threatening wind chills, and blinding snowfall. During a winter storm or blizzard warning: ● Listen for news and weather updates. ● Dress in many layers. ● Implement your disaster plan regarding food, water and supplies if you are unable to get out for period of time.

● Conserve fuel lower thermostat to 65° F during the day and 55° F at night. ● If power goes out, use only safe emergency heat sources: a fireplace with a sturdy metal screen and a supply of wood or a portable space heater. AFTER... Use common sense before going outside after a storm. Dress warmly in many layers, and always wear a hat. Protect your lungs by covering your mouth. Stretch before shoveling heavy snow and remember to take breaks to avoid overexertion. Continue to listen to the news and weather updates.

PLEASE go to the following websites to learn more on what you can do to be prepared:
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Safety Educator
It is our hope that you find this edition of the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s newsletter, Safety Educator to be helpful in assuring that the homes and lives of the citizens within the state of NH are made and kept as safe as possible this holiday season. We ask that you share this information with family, friends and neighbors. Together we can keep our community safe. Should you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact your local fire department or the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office.

J. William Degnan State Fire Marshal Sheryl Nielsen, M.Ed Public Education Specialist
Department of Safety 33 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03305
Phone: 603-223-4289 Fax: 603-223-4294 Arson Hot Line: firesafety/ Special thanks for assistance and contributions to:

Any questions, comments or need additional information please feel free to contact: Sheryl Nielsen, M.Ed Public Education Specialist 603-223-4289

Deputy Chief George Clark Temple Volunteer Fire Department 432 Route 45, PO Box 80 Temple, NH 03084

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