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How Safe is Your Workplace?

By County Fire Protection
May 31, 2018 Category • , Workplace Safety

Workplace safety: Its everyones responsibility. Have you ever wondered about the safety of your workplace? Chances are that you do not think about it, but instead just assume that your employer has taken the necessary precautions. But, it is truly something you should take seriously. If your place of employment were to have a fire, it is crucial that you know what to do to save yourself and your coworkers. Here is some important information about recognizing fire hazards, preventing fires and maintaining a safe workplace. Possible Hazards Every workplace and every industry has the potential for different hazards. But, regardless of what type of workplace you are in, there are some risks that could result in a dangerous situation. Here are some possible hazards you should look for the next time you head into your workplace: Combustible materials stored out in the open. Poorly maintained or overloaded electrical circuits. Poor housekeeping. Carelessly left objects causing potential

Is Your Home Protected From Fire? (Most Importantly, Are You and Your Family Prepared?)

By County Fire Protection
May 03, 2018 Category • General

Many people think about the safety and security of their family, but overlook the dangers posed by fire. In summer, your family may gather around a campfire in your backyard and in the winter, your fireplace provides warmth to your home as a retreat from the blistery Ohio weather, but house fires are a different matter. Preparing your family for the dangers of fire saves lives. Last year alone, Ohio saw 112 home fire fatalities. Only a quarter of the way into this year, 43 have been reported. You may have an idea of what your fire safety and evacuation plan looks like but, can your family safely escape in the heat of an emergency? Dont waste another minute and risk the lives of your loved ones take the following steps: Create a Home Escape Plan Consider the quickest and safest ways to exit each area of your house. Ask your kids to imagine a fire in varying locations and plan routes to safety. Important Tips: Route at least two ways of escape. Choose routes using doors first. Include

Smoke Alarm Recall

By County Fire Protection
March 23, 2018 Category • Smoke Alarms, Recalls

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearlyhalf a million smoke alarms are being recalled due to a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. Name of the Product:Kidde dual-sensor(photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms models PI2010 and PI9010. Hazard: A yellow cap was possibly left on during the manufacturing process. This can cover one (or two) of the sensors on the device - comprimising its ability to detect smoke - and its ability to alert consumers to a fire in their home. How do I know if my Kidde smoke detector has been recalled? Consumers are asked to remove their devices from their wall or ceiling and inspect it for a yellow cap (see picture - thanks to Consumer Product Safety Commission). If a yellow cap is located, dont take the device apart. Instead, contact Kidde for a replacement. (Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

By County Fire Protection
March 09, 2018 Category • Smoke Alarms

As we change our clocks to spring ahead for Daylight Savings Time (DST), it is important that we also change the batteries in our smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. In the event of a fire, the safety of you and your family is dependent on a properly functioning smoke detector. Smoke spreads quickly during a fire and smoke alarms provide you enough time to evacuate the home before the situation becomes too dangerous. Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors are key for effective fire prevention. NFPA provides the following guidelines regarding smoke detectors: Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to ensure the alarm is working. Make sure that everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows the correct way to respond. Smoke alarms in the home should be interconnected, when one sounds, they

NFPA Changes Boost Health Care Facility Safety

By County Fire Protection
October 25, 2017 Category • Health Care Facility Safety, Fire Extinguishers

Changes in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99 codes for 2018 significantly impact healthcare facilities. NFPA believes the changes are in line with its mission to eliminate death, injury and other losses due to fire hazards. Keeping patients, staff, and visitors in mind, the NFPA Health Care Facilities Code gets specific. In earlier NFPA 99 regulations, health care facilities required fire extinguishers to be installed. The new requirements ask the same with the additional request that extinguishers be appropriate for a rooms potential hazards. What does this mean? Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher In short, different areas of healthcare facilities call for different fire extinguishers. For instance, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) rooms require materials which cannot be magnetized. NFPA 99 concludes that nonferrous-type extinguishers work best in these situations. Outfitting operating rooms with flame-suffocates must consider the oxygen and other flammable materials

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